The Fruit Market, Humber Street.
The images in this gallery have been kindly sent to us by Paul Hurst from Beverley. Paul has been an amateur photographer for over fifty years starting at the age of ten. His first 'proper' photograph was of the Flying Scotsman pulling out of Paragon Station and taken from Park Street bridge.
These are of the Hull Fish Market, Humber Street taken in the early nineties when the Hull trawler ‘Southella’ brought in it’s catch to Albert Dock. As you can see from the photographs the fish were unloaded to the wharfside on pallets, taken into the warehouse and weighed into kits. They were then auctioned by secret bidding, each potential buyer whispering his bid to the auctioneer, highest bidder would win the bid to purchase the kits of fish.
Although taken in the nineties and the market was in it’s latter days of trading, it still shows a hive of activity from early morning (5am) to mid morning, buyers, deliveries barrow boys etc.
It shows a glimpse into the past of what was a bustling trade that was started in the 19th century to take advantage of the river trade and the upcoming motorway networks.
The Fish Market at this time was very much on a downward spiral and a shadow of it’s former hive of activity with smaller landings of fish to the port. This was due to fish being transported from other ports as far as Scotland via refrigerated articulated lorries.