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Report - Lord Line / St Andrew's Dock, Hull, April 2018


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Lord Line / St Andrew's Dock, Hull

It's been just over a year to the day since I last got round to posting a report on here, what with job changes and buying my first house, I have just not had the time to get out recently, but as it was a long weekend with time to get stuff done at home and time to get out with the camera, I thought I would go in search of something simple to photograph and I decided on Lord Line.

It certainly won't win any awards for must see derp as it's been trashed to within an inch of it's life, but it managed to keep my attention for a good few hours and certainly wetted my appitite for getting out again more.


St. Andrew's Dock was originally designed for the coal trade but by the time it opened in 1883 it was earmarked solely for the use of the fishing industry which, with the development of steam powered trawlers and of the railway network, was undergoing a period of rapid expansion. The dock extension was opened in 1897. By the 1930s road transport was challenging rail and the last fish train ran in 1965. The last boom period in the industry was in the early 1970s, but by this time the fish market buildings on the north side of the dock were in need of repair. With the expansion of the freezer trawler fleet it was decided to move the fish docks to new buildings at Albert Dock in 1975 and St. Andrew's Dock was closed. This move unfortunately coincided with the declaration by Iceland of a 200 mile limit, the outbreak of the last Cod War, and a decline in the industry from which it has never recovered.

During the 1980s several factors led to changes in the use of land in the St. Andrews Dock and Dock extension areas, such as containerisation and the concentration of port activities in King George and Queen Elizabeth Docks to the east, the construction of Clive Sullivan Way as the major road into the city from the west and the sudden prominence that this gave to the western docks area, and the trend with increased car ownership towards out of town shopping and leisure uses previously concentrated in the City Centre. Filling of the dock itself began in the late 1980s.



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