January 19th


Pilgr Grace

On 19th January 1537, Sir Francis Bigod was attacked by Ellerker’s men in Beverley, and most of his men were captured. After failing to capture Scarborough, he had gathered more followers at Bainton, but heard that John Hallam had failed to capture Hull. Bigod escaped to the north, and was eventually captured in March. Both Bigod and Hallam were executed.

On 19th January 1684, Sir Robert Hilyard, knight & Baron of Patrington, gave his son Capt Robert Hilyard ‘2 whole pues or closets, which were positioned in the South Transept’.

On 19th January 1970, Alan Plater oversaw the first production at the new theatre in Spring Street of his own play ‘Don’t Build a Bridge, Drain the River’, with music by Mike Chapman and Mike Waterson. The Humberside Arts Centre later became Humberside Theatre, and then Hull Truck Theatre. see photo

On 19th January 1979, William Rodgers, Secretary of State for Transport, reported in the House of Commons that as the result of an industrial dispute in the road haulage industry, there was no movement of grain or animal feed out of Hull docks. The importance of Hull was stressed, as other parts of the country depended on it to deliver goods.

On 19th January 2014, the Environment Agency closed Sutton Lock on the River Derwent to navigation due to safety concerns. The lock had been reconstructed in 1972 to enable pleasure craft to travel up to Stamford Bridge and give access to the Pocklington Canal. There seemed to be uncertainty as to who owned the gates and equipment.

Spring St theatre

December 19th

Dame Ann Percy (Percehay)

On 19th December 1511, Ann Percy died in Hessle, the wife of Sir Henry Percy (or Percehay) and mother of 17 children. Although she is not of the Northumberland Percies, the Duke of Northumberland in 1862 arranged for a transcription of the original brass in Hessle Church, presumably under the assumption that she was of his line.

On 19th December 1656, the second of 2 boy twins of Philip Ellerker died at Ellerker, 2 days after the death of the first, at the age of 3 days.

On 19th December 1939, it was reported that of the 1,774 children evacuated from Hull  in September and October, 900 had returned home, during the ‘phoney war’.


October 30th

de Ros arms

On 30th October 1472, an inquisition post mortem was called to verify the date of birth of Eleanor de Roos, of Breighton, daughter of Sir Robert Roos, in relation to inherited lands. George Layburn confirmed that she was born 55 years earlier, on 30thSeptember, a date he remembered because on the day of her birth one John Forder, fisherman, at Bryghton, in the water of Derwent, netted a big fish, of great length, with a head like a dog’s. 

On 30th October 1833, John Brown, 35, died in a field near Withernwick, during a prize fight against William Hackney, oyster vendor of Hull.  Brown, 18 lbs lighter than Hackney and 11 years older, fell after 1 hour and 36 minutes, in the 65thround, before 4p.m., and died at 10p.m. Hackney, his second Thomas Wilkinson, and Brown’s second, William Thompson, were found guilty at the inquest of wilful murder. A court had earlier found Thompson not guilty, and Hackney and Wilkinson guilty of manslaughter, and both were sentenced to 4 month’s hard labour at Beverley House of Correction.

On 30th October 2017, the Trustees of the Nafferton Feoffees Charities Trust submitted their annual report on a charity which originated with a bequest to the local poor from Thomas Robinson in 1698, and continued since that time, with additional bequests as recent as 1950.