The Topic for #BEDN today is ‘My Hometown.’ Those of you that know me personally or follow my personal Twitter account will probably know that I am originally from East Yorkshire, but have been happily settled in Lancashire for over 11 years. I am really proud of my Yorkshire roots but equally I love living in Lancashire! Lancashire and Yorkshire are both stunning parts of the world and I am honoured to have lived in both.
Despite the friendly rivalry and my jests about “living on the wrong side of the Pennines” I find there are a lot of similarities between Yorkshire and Lancashire folk with their Northern outlook on life. I do however get a lot of stick even to this day about my accent!
I grew up in and around Hornsea, a small seaside town on the East Yorkshire Coast. This is a lovely part of the world just down the coast from Scarborough and Bridlington. Beverley is 12 miles West of Hornsea and (Kingston upon) Hull (more commonly known as ‘ull) is the nearest city.
Here are some facts about Hornsea and the surrounding area:
- Hornsea is probably best known for its former pottery factory, Hornsea Pottery, which closed in 2000. I understand that some of the pottery made is valuable and the biggest display can be seen at Hornsea Museum.
- ‘Bettison’s Folly‘, is a Victorian tower built by a local business man in the 19th century. The tower contains the only fully working retractable flag pole in the country.
- Despite the sea defenses Hornsea’s primarily cliff-based shoreline is eroding at one of the fastest-known rates in Europe.
- Hornsea Mere is a natural lake which was created by glacial movement during the Ice Age. It is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire.
- Hornsea is at the Eastern end of the Trans Pennine Trail, which follows the old railway line from Hull to Hornsea.
- In 2007 Beverley was named as the best place to live in the United Kingdom in an “Affordable Affluence” study by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
- Cattle graze freely on Beverley Westwood so you must take care that a cow doesn’t amble out onto the road as you are driving along the Westwood!
- Hull was the most heavily bombed UK city after London.
- Hull is unique in the UK in having had a municipally-owned telephone system from 1902, with cream, not red, telephone boxes.
- Hull is on the 2013 short list of places vying for UK City of Culture 2017, along with Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay.
- The Humber Bridge was built between 1972 and 1981, and at the time was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It is now seventh on the list.
- The city has been the birthplace and home to many notable people including William Wilberforce who was instrumental in the abolition of slavery and Amy Johnson, aviator, who was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
- Notable alumni of the University of Hull include former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and the poet Philip Larkin.
- Hull lies at the Eastern end of the M62.
- P&O ferries operate daily services overnight from Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
Credit to Wikipedia for many of these facts and the map above.