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Going Underground in Hull Posted On 04 June 2021

The East Yorkshire city has seen a fair bit of action below the Earth’s surface during the last few years

 

One of the better known tunnels in the area is the Paragon Station tunnel, which leads from the aforementioned station, to the Mercure Royal Hotel. When asked by Hull Live in 2016, Local historian Mike Covell explained that the tunnel ‘was built around the same time as the hotel in the late 1840s, early 1850s’. Covell went on to say ‘The tunnel allowed the hotel to bring stock direct from the trains to the premises. The rail network in Hull back then was enormous’.

He also addressed the rumour that Queen Victoria ventured down the underground route, but rubbished this myth, adding that ‘A very elaborate walkway was created at the station for her to use’. It’s not just a travel route that this space has been used for though, as nightclubs, and even a barbershop have occupied this area down the years.

There are also underground spaces which cannot be accessed today. Most notably, the Gosschalks ARP bunker, which was built in 1939 as an Air Raid Precautions control centre, and was situated adjacent to Queen’s Gardens. However today, the site has been built on by Gosschalks Solicitors, with the only evidence of this wartime creation being some marks on the wall where the steps, leading down to the bunker, would have been.

Perhaps more curiously though, are the questions surrounding the origins of a group of crates that were found during an excavation in 2017. The street entitled ‘Land of Green Ginger’ has often puzzled the locals, who wonder how this Hull street got its unusual name. And the crates themselves are interesting, as they were all stamped with the message ‘To Hull From Land of Green Ginger’.

Back in 2017, the Mirror reported on this matter, with Garry Taylor, city manager for major projects and infrastructure for Hull City Council, saying, ‘We have no idea what the crates in the vault are, when they were stored or what they contain’. Since this finding, no findings have yet been released.

But this stamp has appeared more than once. In the same year as this group of crates was located, a further crate was opened, after being found in Beverly Road. Hana Gorzowski, from The Green Ginger Fellowship commented at the time: ‘We opened the crate yesterday and found this strange machine inside. We have no idea what it could be’.

With all of these wonders being found, it may not be long before more oddities are unearthed under these streets.

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