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The Telephone system in Hull wasn’t just about a telephone, it was about

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For the last 10 months I have been travelling around Hull documenting the telephone boxes. I started this project because I never really thought about why Hull had a different colour telephone box to everywhere else in the UK. It was only after showing some students from my university degree at Leeds College of Art, that I realised people were curious and hadn’t seen cream telephones boxes before. Telephone boxes were something I took for granted, and didn’t really notice anymore. It was at this point I decided that I would try and put Hull on the map, showing its unique quirky side. Working with Hull City Council and Kingston Communication I gained a list of the telephone boxes just in the Hull Boundary, HU1– HU9 post code areas. I spent hours in the Hull History Centre looking at archives trying to understand how and why Hull was so different. It became apparent that the telephone system in Hull wasn’t just about a telephone, it was about a community and pride. The telephone system offered quirky services and tried to cater for all, children, mothers, fishermen, pigeon lovers. However there is a sadness in this project that these telephone kiosks are being made redundant, and have almost become invisible. This projects aim, is to raise awareness of the telephone box, and maybe through this project make you notice them too.

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This project and other long term projects can be seen at www.clairesawdon.com


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Acton Close (1) 01482 701752 Beech Avenue (1) 01482 326215 Chamberlain Road (1) 01482 701808 Chelmer Road (1) 01482 375120 Cleveland Street (1) 01482 326020 Dalsetter Rise (1) 01482 781721 Dansom Lane South (1) 01482 324235 Gillshill Road (1) 01482 374250 Holderness Road (5/7) 01482 702399 01482 374113 01482 320159 01482 376224 01482 374149 James Reckitt Avenue (2) 01482 374260 01482 702148 Laburnum Avenue (1) 01482 374110 New Cleveland Street (1) 01482 328715 Phoenix Close (1) 01482 374267 Salthouse Road (2) 01482 374611 01482 374208 Shannon Road (1) 01482 781822 Stoneferry Road (2) 01482 326012 01482 826848 Studley Street (1) 01482 562244 Welland Road (1) 01482 701712 Wenning Grove (1) 01482 701713

Parthian Way (1) 01482 376254 Plimsoll Way (1) 01482 376254 Portobello Street (1) 01482 374166 Preston Road (3) 01482 375185 01482 375299 01482 376238 Rustenburg Street (1) 01482 781756 Sherburn Street (1) 01482 569928 Southcoates Lane (1) 01482 562638 Staveley Road (1) 01482 375233 Swanfield Road (1) 01482 781700 Valiant Drive (1) 01482 375105 Watt Street (1) 01482 374184 Wexford Avenue (1) 01482 781819 Wheldale Avenue (1) 01482 375202 Wingfield Road (1) 01482 374133

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Bodmin Road (1) 01482 821590 Church Street (Sutton) (1) 01482 375151 Dorchester Road (1) 01482 821293 Greygarth Close (1) 01482 831614 Haydock Garth (1) 01482 839076 Helvellyn Close (1) 01482 831907 Leads Road (2) 01482 784176 01482 823908 Littondale (1) 01482 407374 Lothian Way (1) 01482 839585 Midmere Avenue (1) 01482 829077 Moorfoot Close (1) 01482 821753 Nidderdale (1) 01482 839265 Noddle Hill Way (1) 01482 831334 Penine Way (1)

01482 831863 Quarrington Grove (1) 01482 835911 Roborough Close (1) 01482 836979 Soffham Road (1) 01482 829999 Sutton Road (1) 01482 376188 Wareham Close (1) 01482 829066 Wawne Road (1) 01482 820233

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16th Avenue (2) 01482 802106 01482 802109 Beverley Road (2/5) 01482 802761 01482 802105 Cottingham Road (2) 01482 471591 01482 471582 Desmond Avenue(1) 01482 471596 Ellerburn Avenue (1) 01482 802107 Endike Lane (2) 01482 807365 01482 803303 Greenwood Avenue (3) 01482 803149 01482 803911 01482 802116 Hall Road (3) 01482 807370 01482 470814 01482 803486 Highcourt (1) 01482 807369 Homethorpe (1) 01482 802100 Mizzen Road (1) 01482 807366 Orchard Park Road (1) 01482 802667 Welwyn Park Avenue (1) 01482 802111

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Beverley Road (2/5) 01482 445088 01482 471589 Bontoft Avenue (1) 01482 448824 Calvert Lane (2) 01482 505629 01482 505634 Chanterlands Avenue (2) 01482 407309 01482 471587 Chatsworth Street (1) 01482 471584 Danube Road (1) 01482 501275 Epworth Street (1) 01482 342540 Goddard Avenue (1) 01482 407296 Hayburn Avenue (1) 01482 471581  Hotham Road North (1) 01482 471583 Hotham Road South (1) 01482 505601 Lambert Street (1) 01482 471578

National Avenue (1) 01482 471585 Newland Avenue (1) 01482 471594 Pearson Park (1) 01482 471601 Princes Avenue (4) 01482 448640 01482 342463 01482 471593 01482 343934 Priory Road (1) 01482 587749 Queens Road (1) 01482 471586 Ryde Avenue (1) 01482 471577 Salisbury Street (2) 01482 471597 01482 471573 Thoresby Street (1) 01482 471598 Willerby Road (3) 01482 505635 01482 505637 01482 353257 Wold Road (2) 01482 505636 01482 505618 Wymersley Road (1) 01482 505620

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Albert Avenue (1) 01482 501570 Anlaby Road (5/7) 01482 505617 01482 505619 01482 505616 01482 569980 01482 505624 Boulevard (3) 01482 569938 01482 562830 01482 324606 Brisbane Street (1) 01482 562496 De La Pole Avenue (1)

Anlaby Park Road North(1) 01482 505603 Anlaby Road (2/7) 01482 505666 01482 505612 Ashby Road (1) 01482 643478 Askew Avenue (1) 01482 505626 Boothferry Road (2) 01482 505614 01482 505615 Hessle Road (2/4) 01482 505623 01482 505628 Park Lane East (1) 01482 505649 Pickering Road (3) 01482 505633 01482 352279 01482 505644 Rokeby Avenue (1) 01482 407287 Tilbury Road (1) 01482 643474

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Bridlington Avenue (1) 01482 327622 Brunswick Avenue (1) 01482 325001 Caroline Street (1) 01482 325620 Goodrich Close (1) 01482 562320 Park Street (1) 01482 563188 Worship Street (1) 01482 563295 Wright Street (1) 01482 562692

01482 501275 Goulton Street (1) 01482 325550 Great Thornton Street (1) 01482 573395 Hawthorn Avenue (1) 01482 505611 Hessle Road (2/4) 01482 326213 01482 328469 Linnaeus Street (1) 01482 325009 Londesborough Street (1) 01482 328371 Margaret Street (1) 01482 562524 Morris Road (1) 01482 505613 Rosamond Street (1) 01482 329903 Selby Street (1) 01482 327490 Spring Bank (3) 01482 563131 01482 325362 01482 323420 Spring Bank West (3) 01482 505631 01482 505622 01482 471576 St Georges Road (2) 01482 328174 01482 569984 Walker Street (1) 01482 328720 Walton Street (1) 01482 505640 Wenlock Street (1) 01482 327547 Woodcock Street (1) 01482 573474

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Alfred Gelder Street (1) 01482 569985 Bond Street (1) 01482 573284 Carr Lane (3) 01482 573543 01482 326336 01482 573737 Cross Street (1) 01482 573312 Ferensway (9) 01482 326079 01482 562227 01482 562214 01482 326508 01482 320274 01482 326060 01482 326039 01482 562712 01482 573068 Jameson Street (2) 01482 561914 01482 561795 King Edward Street (1) 01482 561963 Kingston Street (1) 01482 562365 Lowgate (2) 01482 562780 01482 569967 Market Place (1) 01482 562524 Nelson Street (1) 01482 325066 North Church Side (2) 01482 589073 01482 326177 Paragon Street (1) 01482 563308 Porter Street (2) 01482 327489 01482 407162 Princes Shopping Centre (5) 01482 589415 01482 589867 01482 589870 01482 589865 01482 589869 Prospect Street (1) 01482 387749 Queen Victoria Square (2) 01482 562903 01482 562899 Queens Dock Avenue (1) 01482 226807 Waverley Street (1) 01482 324120 Wellington Street (1) 01482 329250 Whitefriargate (2) 01482 573653 01482 573668 Wilberforce Drive (1) 01482 569987

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Astwood Avenue (1) 01482 376230  Bareham Road (1) 01482 374165 Bexhill Avenue (1) 01482 374143 Bilsdale Grove (1) 01482 374120 Elmbridge Parade (1) 01482 374148 Great Union Street (1) 01482 327442 Hedon Road 01482 328197 01482 376135 01482 374147 01482 562664 01482 327425 Helmswell Avenue (1) 01482 375247 Holderness Road (2/7) 01482 375129 01482 327441 Marfleet Lane (4) 01482 375205 01482 376180 01482 374102 01482 781839 New Bridge Road (1) 01482 328910 Northern Gateway (4) 01482 707647 01482 782877 01482 709816 01482 376253

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Hull as a Uni Place

Hull, or given its full title Kingston Upon Hull, is a unique place. Situated on the River Humber, it is rich in cultural history but also a place of transition and regeneration. Hull prides itself on its ability to be independent and unique, for example, Hull, is the only city that does not have a Cathedral. When the Humber Bridge opened in 1981 it was the largest single span suspension bridge in the World, Hull has the third largest port in Britain and at its height, was the home of the world’s largest deep sea water fishing fleet and the biggest whaling port in Britain. Hull prides itself on key individuals, home to poets Andrew Marvell, Philip Larkin, and slave absolutist

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William Wilberforce. In a battle for independence Hull has stood out, in 1642 King Charles I was refused entry to the city, this was significant as it was the first act of defiance toward the King which later led to the Civil War. During the Second World War, Hull was the most bombed centre of occupation outside of London, sustaining 82 air raids killing and injuring many citizens and destroying many homes and buildings. Of 92,660 homes only 5,945 remained unscathed. However Hull has re built itself and it continues to change and progress, developing new buildings and tourist attractions including the award winning The Deep aquarium.

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One aspect in which Hull is unique is its telephone kiosks, many which are cream and omit the crown symbol. Currently it has 239 telephone kiosks remaining, however this is rapidly declining. Hull is the only place in the UK to have its own telephone system.

BACKground In 1899 the Telephone Act was passed allowing local authorities to apply for a license to open their own telephone systems. Local authorities already regulated gas, water, electricity, transport and other public amenities. Of the 1,334 urban local authorities that might have sought licences under the Telegraph Act, only 13 asked for licences, all of which were granted: Glasgow, Belfast, Grantham, Huddersfield, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Chard, Portsmouth, Hull, Oldham, Swansea, Scarborough and West Hartlepool. Although only six actually opened telephone systems: Glasgow (1901), Tunbridge Wells (1901), Swansea (1902), Portsmouth (1902), Brighton (1903) and Hull (1904). Only Hull continues now, the remaining five services were all sold to the National Telephone Company, which was later taken over by the Post Office at the end of 1913.

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SERVICES Quirky services were offered to the public through the telephone systems. An example of the services available were. Weather Service_01482 211811 (daily weather forecasts including coastal waters) Hull Health Line_01482 29933 (24 hour health line for information on over 200 health topics) Bedtime Stories_01482 211711 (a different story was told each evening from November to March) Father Christmas Story_01482 211211 (available on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th December, then the Nativity story on the 25th December) Radio Line_01482 211202 (for entertainment and information) Dial-A-JobLine_01482211555 (a 24 hour serviceforjobhunters) Phone diary_01482 211611 (listed local attractions and events) Telechef_01482 211511 (menus were updated every week) Teledisc_01482 211411 (listen to the record of the week) Other services such as football and rugby scores, dial a pigeon and other information services were available during key events.

The Telephone Kiosk and the Community Throughout this project I have found out more and more about the services offered to the public through the telephone systems.I was lucky enough to trace Mrs Joyce Bowering who worked at the Telephone Exchange. Mrs Bowering recorded entertainment and news which would be played through the telephone. She was the voice of the two minute Bedtime Stories, which aired between 5.30pm – 8.30pm on an evening, which often caused queues to gather outside the kiosks. Other stories for children included Tufty Stories aimed at young children to educate on road safety. Other services offered included Weather Reports, and TeleChef line, not forgetting the Dial a Pigeon line and Teledisc, which put people through to listen to the record of the week. Mrs Bowering told me how queues at the telephone box were a common sight and how they were kept in good condition having cleaners who cleaned them, engineers and the police used them frequently too. The kiosks even had a paper directory in each phone box. Through speaking to Mrs Bowering it made me think about how the telephone box was treated with a respect and how it became the hub of the community. This project has made me think how the phone box now stands alone, unnoticed in most instances and how it is becoming a rarity to see these iconic structures. Within Hull, six sites which house eight telephone boxes are now classified as listed buildings which will protect them, however it is hard to imagine that the telephone box will make a comeback in today’s society, especially since its necessity is under constant strain.

Today Public telephone kiosks were situated in various locations across the city, queues would form to use the telephone box. Now the mobile phone is replacing the public and home telephones, making the public kiosks redundant. The aim of this work is to document the remaining kiosks, before they are gone. This study focuses purely on the public kiosks within the Hull Boundary. Many villages and small towns on the outskirts of Hull still have the cream telephone boxes; however these do not feature in this study.

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