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Report - Lord Line Building/St Andrew's Dock, Hull, May 2016


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This place has been on my radar for some time. It’s very substantial and pretty high profile in Hull and is subject to what seems to be monthly reports in the Hull Daily Mail. It’s a place that splits local opinion – some say it’s an eyesore and should be demo’ed. Others say it is a vital part of Hull’s seafaring past. Think I’m with the latter camp.

This and several other buildings that remain used to make up St Andrew’s dock. The Dock opened in 1883 and was originally designed for the coal trade but was used almost exclusively for the fishing industry. The dock had its own ice plant, a maintenance slipway, banks, shops, cafes and even had a post office, a doctor’s surgery and a police station, complete with prison cells. The dock was extended in 1897. The Lord Line building officially opened in 1949 to serve Hull’s trawling industry. The trawlers left for the North Sea and the Norwegian sea. A survey in 1954 said that for every fisherman working at sea there were up to three people working ashore in associated jobs. This totaled almost 50,000 workers or one-in-five of Hull’s population at the time.

The decline started when Iceland declared there would be a 200 mile limit to where trawlers would be able to fish off Iceland itself. It struck a massive blow to the fishing industry. One so significant that the industry never recovered and the dock closed in 1975. Apparently 6,000 men sailed to their deaths at sea in this most dangerous post-war occupation. The filling of the dock itself began in the late 1980s. It has been threatened with demolition but local history groups protested and at present the future of the building is uncertain.

In terms of the explore itself, when I 'rocked up to the dock' there were a number of teenage gangs hanging around. Access to the Lord Line was possible but I thought I would come back the next morning when the coast was clearer. On returning the next day said gangs had gone but in the end caution got the better part of valor. I didn’t really fancy going into such a large and dark maze-like building that was in a bit of a state on my own. Fortunately I had enough decent externals to still merit a report.

The first thing you come to is part of the old dock:

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And the Lord Line Building:

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No doubt as to what the building is called:

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Some interesting deco style metal windows:

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A quick peek in where some of the local yobbo’s set fire to the building:

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Side-on view:

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Rear view:

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Windows buckled by a previous fire:

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Quay side view:

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Side-on from the quay side:

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This place is next to the Lord Line and in a really poor state:

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This was probably a water tower.

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Built in 1932, the former insurance building by the quay is quite stylish with its deco touches:

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im looking to go there and was just wondering if you found any way inside without having to break entry, also how did you get onto the site as i have not been to look for entry points yet. thanks


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im looking to go there and was just wondering if you found any way inside without having to break entry, also how did you get onto the site as i have not been to look for entry points yet. thanks
You wont get much of a response asking questions like that on here. We dont know who you are tbh. Get some reports up and gain peoples trust first. Of course you could do what most people do and me included just go and have a look its all part of the fun.

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