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Report - Insurance/Trawler Buildings - St. Andrews Quay/Dock Hull (February 2012)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by armyoftwo(2), Mar 12, 2012.

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    After what was supposed to be a routine return visit to Lord Line Building to shoot the remainder of the vast offices we found that it had been shut tight with fresh blocks and bricks! (Lord Line report was posted in the introduction section as my first post as it was possibly the last time people will be able to gain access...maybe a mistake in posting location?) Anyway a mere 30 yards away we found access into the Insurance & Shipping Buildings which were once a prominent part of St. Andrews Dock Hull. Here is a little more information:

    Built to the west of Hulls original docks it was opened on Monday 24th September 1883 at a total cost of £414,707.00
    It was not originally built for the fishing trade, which in 1883 consisted of around 420 Smacks (ships), but as the expected trade did not materialise for it when it was completed, it was decided to turn the dock over to them and named it after the Patron Saint of fisherman (St. Andrew).

    At the opening ceremony all the VIP's were taken to the new dock either aboard the Trinity House Yacht 'The Duke of Edinburgh' or the steamer 'Isle of Axholme' and it was opened by the Chairman of the Hull Dock Company, Mr. J. R. Ringrose. This was the last dock to be constructed by the Hull Dock Company due to the almalgamation with the North Eastern Railway on the 1st July 1893. With the increase of tonnage using the dock it was decided in 1895 to build an extension to the west of St. Andrews Dock and it was opened in 1897.

    This dock was unique in that all Hull's Fishing Industry and its activities took place on the dock estate. On the north side of the dock were the fish quays and the railway sidings. On the south side of the dock on the banks of the Humber the Service Industries were housed which included Ship repair shops, ship riggers, net and rope store, the Ice Factory and Fish Meal Plant. It contained all the industries to make it an independent community, the Post Office, and this housed the busiest telegraph in Britain, also there were Insurance building, Banks, Trawlermans Outfitters and of course coffee shops.

    In 1972 because of the amount of money needed to repair the Fish market it was decided to move the fishing industry to its new home on Albert Dock and in 1975 on November 3rd St. Andrews Dock was closed to shipping. In 1985 the dock was filled in when a multi-million pound scheme was introduced to turn it into a Leisure and Industrial Park, and on its opening was named St. Andrews Quay.


    Source: http://www.riverhumber.com/index12d.htm

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