Hull’s secret cemetery hidden in plain sight

Hull’s secret cemetery hidden in plain sight
2019-12-26 05:00:00
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIts origins are buried deep within the city’s foundations and date back almost as long as Hull itself. In the modern day city, Sculcoates Lane, Wincolmlee and Air Street are firmly rooted in its industrial past, but a glimpse into the modernised world can be seen among the encroachment of energy works, refineries and the ever-expanding Bankside Gallery. Where the three streets meet, and just a stone’s throw from the ebb and flow of the murky River Hull waters, sits a cemetery locked in a time warp – and easy to miss for commuters rushing along one of the city’s busiest rat runs. In the shadow of RE: Group’s huge silos and alongside the bright and colourful 21st century graffiti of Hull’s burgeoning cultural quarter, is the centuries old graveyard of the former St Mary’s Church. It sits on a busy junction but can be easily missed (Image: Hull Live) With simple gravestones and impressive tombs, at first glance at least, dating back to the 1700s, it provides a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle on each of its four sides – but it has seen better days. Several of the graves have been broken and tombs vandalised, while the undergrowth rises up to claim yet more. Aside from the elements, it appears to have become a haven for street drinkers with dozens of beer cans littering the site, while an abandoned bike can also be seen discarded among the overgrown plantlife. Graffiti also adorns the gateposts, while a boundary wall is also in a state of disrepair having seemingly being either crashed into or deliberately knocked over. However, it is a far cry from how it would have looked decades and centuries ago. The entrance has seen better days (Image: Hull Live) Hull historian Mike Covell has researched the graveyards past and even the church that once stood on the site before being rebuilt just up the road. “St Mary’s Church was the original


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