Category : Hull’s Old Town

Excavations begin at the site of Henry VIII Hull Fortress

Remains of King Henry VIII’s Hull fortress are being revealed this month as excavations take place at the site of the South Blockhouse.

Two trenches have been opened, exposing parts of the brick structure, with the investigations due to take place throughout September.

To coincide with Heritage Open Days, there will be two open days at the site Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September, with the walls of the Blockhouse being marked out on the ground, finds on display, information boards and members of the Humber Field Archaeology team on hand to answer questions about the findings of the excavations.

This follows a similar event in July, where the walls were marked out for two days and pupils from Victoria Dock Primary School were able to learn more about the site and design cannons with specialist community archaeologist from Historic England, Jon Kenny.

As the investigations proceed during September, there will be weekly open days on Tuesdays’ 12, 19 and 26 September, where the results of the work will be updated.

Humber Field Archaeology is the team behind the excavations. Project Manager Ken Steedman said:

“This is a hugely exciting excavation. Henry VIII chose to build the South Blockhouse to defend the city of Hull because of its significant strategic position. Our investigations on the monument will expose parts of the thick walls of this important building and people are welcome to come and visit us during the Heritage Open Days.

“When we worked on the site in 1997, we discovered an iron-breech loading cannon, similar to those recovered from Henry’s sunken warship, The Mary Rose, which is now in the Hull and East Riding Museum. We may not find anything quite as large or exciting as that this time, but we are anticipating uncovering some very useful information about the Blockhouse.”

The potential development of the South Blockhouse as a visitor attraction has been included as part of the Hull Old Town Heritage Action Zone, an initiative funded by Historic England to help make heritage a key part of the city’s regeneration.

Henry VIII Hull Fortress rediscovered to celebrate Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology

A fortress built for King Henry VIII in Hull in the mid 16th century will be rediscovered this week as Humber Field Archaeology mark out the lines of its buried walls.

The activity, which will be open to the public Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 July 10am – 4pm, is will coincide with the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology and will include not only the marking out of the exact footprint of the old building, but also the display of some of the items found at a previous dig in the area and information about the South Blockhouse and its role in the defence of Hull from the 16th century onwards.

Pupils from Victoria Dock Primary School pupils will be on site (Wednesday) to learn more about the site so close to their school and have the chance to take part in activities with specialist community archaeologist from Historic England, Jon Kenny.

The potential development of the South Blockhouse as a visitor attraction has been included as part of the Hull Old Town Heritage Action Zone, an initiative funded by Historic England to help make heritage a key part of the city’s regeneration.

Members of the public will be able to speak to members of the Humber Field Archaeology Team about the history of the site, the finds and plans for the future.

The Blockhouse walls will be marked out again in September as part of Heritage Open Days, when some excavations will take place.

Businesses invited to learn more about Old Town Grant Scheme

New and existing businesses in Hull’s Old Town are being invited to learn more about the opportunity to apply for a share of £800,000 in a grant scheme at event in the area on Tuesday (6 September).

From 10am, the doors of the former Rumours nightclub will be open to find our more with staff from the Old Town programme team available to answer any questions about the scheme and how to apply.

The Old Town Grant Scheme, which is run by the council, is split into two strands. The first ‘business start up and expansion’ grant offers existing businesses the chance to apply for funding to expand their business, and also invites anyone considering starting a new business in this area of the city centre the ability to apply for financial support.

The ‘property improvement’ grant offers existing businesses the opportunity to improve their shop frontages and make internal work improvements, revitalising the historic buildings that give the Old Town much of its character.

The scheme is part of the council’s wider commitment to ‘repurpose the Old Town’ with the revitalisation of Trinity Market and the re-introduction of a regular outdoor market also on the agenda.

Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the Old Town to capitalise on the major redevelopments taking place around them and for new businesses to set up in this beautiful area and reap the rewards that 2017 and beyond will bring.

“With the development of the Fruit Market well underway and the public realm in Trinity Square and Trinity House Lane starting to take shape, the results these grants will produce are really the last piece of the jigsaw for the Old Town.

“We are very keen to see applications for Whitefriargate and the surrounding area in an effort to reinvigorate this once bustling shopping street, however we are looking forward to seeing submissions from all parts of the Old Town.

“I would advise anyone considering opening a business in the Old Town or looking to expand their business to pop down on Tuesday and find out more”.

The scheme is will remain open until September 2017 or until all funds have been awarded. Grants will generally fund up to 50 per cent of project costs and be matched from the business’s own resources (other publicly funded grants or loans are not eligible to be used as match funding).  There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for.

The vision for the future of the Old Town is to create an area of thriving café bars, visitor attractions, restaurants and independent retailers making the most of the area’s medieval street layouts and architectural beauty, and of the Old Town standing as a strong economic presence at the east of the modern city centre.

The drop-in event will run 10am – 4pm with officers on hand to answer any questions and provide information on this exciting opportunity.

Anyone unable to make the drop-in event can get an application form from the Old Town Programme Team on 01482 612 552/612 565 or e-mail: oldtowngrants@hullcc.gov.uk.

Further information on the Old Town Grant Scheme can also be found online at: www.hullmeansbusiness.com/loansandgrants.

Thousands available for Old Town businesses

New and existing businesses in Hull’s Old Town are being offered the opportunity to apply for a share of £800,000 in a grant scheme between Hull City Council and the Humber LEP.

The Old Town Grant Scheme, which is run by the council, opens today. It is split into two strands. The first ‘business start up and expansion’ grant offers existing businesses the chance to apply for funding to expand their business, and also invites anyone considering starting a new business in this area of the city centre the ability to apply for financial support.

The ‘property improvement’ grant offers existing businesses the opportunity to improve their shop frontages and make internal work improvements, revitalising the historic buildings that give the Old Town much of its character.

The scheme is part of the council’s wider commitment to ‘repurpose the Old Town’ with the revitalisation of Trinity Market and the re-introduction of a regular outdoor market also on the agenda.

Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses in the Old Town to capitalise on the major redevelopments taking place around them and for new businesses to set up in this beautiful area and reap the rewards that 2017 and beyond will bring.

“With the development of the Fruit Market well underway and the public realm in Trinity Square and Trinity House Lane starting to take shape, the results these grants will produce are really the last piece of the jigsaw for the Old Town.

“We are very keen to see applications for Whitefriargate and the surrounding area in an effort to reinvigorate this once bustling shopping street, however we are looking forward to seeing submissions from all parts of the Old Town.”

The scheme is will remain open until September 2017 or until all funds have been awarded. Grants will generally fund up to 50 per cent of project costs and be matched from the business’s own resources (other publicly funded grants or loans are not eligible to be used as match funding).  There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for.

The vision for the future of the Old Town is to create an area of thriving café bars, visitor attractions, restaurants and independent retailers making the most of the area’s medieval street layouts and architectural beauty, and of the Old Town standing as a strong economic presence at the east of the modern city centre.

Application forms can be requested from the Old Town Programme Team on 01482 612 552/612 565 or e-mail: oldtowngrants@hullcc.gov.uk.

Further information on the Old Town Grant Scheme can also be found online at: www.hullmeansbusiness.com/loansandgrants.