Coming up this week – 11th to 17th June

It’s hard to find a common thread this week, so varied are the events recorded. The Blitz features again, as does death at sea. There are a couple of Hull firsts – the first Hull whaler to return from the Arctic on the 12th; and the first Hnefatafl tournament to be held in the city on the 17th. The whaling industry of course pre-dated distant fishing in Hull in the Arctic, and made Hull sailors in great demand for their knowledge of the difficult waters off Greenland and Iceland.

A Hull singing hero – Joe Longthorne – has an anniversary, as does an unsung (or at  least, forgotten) local author, Sarah Stickney Ellis. Sydney Smith is remembered in his home city, however.

The last fling of that dangerous family, the de la Poles, on 16th, who came very close, but never made it to the throne.

An incident of child neglect so extreme that it may be considered murder on 14th, even though the mother’s part is described as mere ‘misdemeanour’ – but the record is silent as to the motive. We can only conjecture.

A miracle, an anti-Catholic mob, charitable activities, and a last attempt to save Hedon as a trading port all feature this week.

photo shows Beverley racecourse – held in 1763 from 14th to 17th June


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