Welcome to Old Hull
Kingston Upon Hull, was originally called Wyke and was used by the monks of Meaux as a port where their wool could be exported. It was situated at the junction of the rivers Hull and Humber. It was named Kingston Upon Hull by Edward I in the late 13th Century who wanted a port in the Northeast in order to supply his army when fighting the Scots.
Edward enlarged Hull and gave it the right to hold 2 weekly markets and an annual fair lasting for 30 days.
The town had a wall and a ditch surrounding it which had 4 main gates. In the 16th century the towns defences were improved and small forts were built. One was nearly opposite the North Gate, another stood near the confluence of the Hull and the Humber and in between stood a castle with a wall joining all three. These were updated and the castle rebuilt in the 17th century.
In the late 18th and early 19th century the walls around Hull were demolished the last part being the wall south of the town.
Many changes have taken place since Hull’s conception and this site documents those changes.