July 23rd

On 23rd July 1525, carpenter John Algood of Wheldrake claimed sanctuary at the church of St John, Beverley, for debt.

On 23rd July 1856, Capt Bryan Stapleton became the first governor of the Yorkshire Catholic Reformatory School for Boys, at Holme on Spalding Moor.  The reformatory movement campaigned to keep children out of prisons, but the first Yorkshire school was Church of England only.

On 23rd July 1941, an air raid on Alexandra Dock, Hull, sank 3 lighters, killing 2 people and injuring 5, and damaged No 11 quay, 2 steamers and a diving boat.

On 23rd July 2012, the Royal Engineers carried out 15 controlled explosions on the beach at Mappleton, after a landslide (on Sat 21.7) revealed at least 1,000 rockets, grenades and bombs from WW2.

mappleton bomb

May 26th

On 26th May 1492, William Gypson, labourer, of Holme on Spalding Moor, claimed sanctuary at the church of St John, Beverley, to avoid (or delay) being pursued for debt.

On 26th May 1711, Leven carpenter Thomas Newton claimed the right to raise funds from his neighbours when his shop was destroyed by a fire which started in Matthew Borman’s blacksmith shop next door.

On 26th May 1787, the Royal Navy purchased the collier Bethia, built 3 years earlier at the Blaydes shipyard in High Street, Hull. Renamed the Bounty, it was refitted and equipped for a trip to Tahiti under Captain William Bligh. photo shows a model of the ship in Blaydes House.

On 26th May 1872, David Walker, aged 19,  burgled the house of Henry Robinson in Carnaby and was sentenced to 5 years penal servitude, i.e. imprisonment with hard labour.

On 26th May 1929, Lilian Bilocca was born in Hull. She campaigned for safety improvements to trawlers after the Triple Trawler Disaster. (died 1988)

On 26th May 1946, Mick Ronson was born in Hull. Musician, songwriter, arranger, producer, member of Bowie’s Spiders from Mars. (died 29.4.1993)