Peter Marshall

A view of Hull

West & North Hull

Hessle Rd area

28h46: Top Deck Snack Bar, English St, 1981 - North & West Hull - Hessle Rd

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Still Occupied

Images on this site are arranged into rough areas by location as in my book 'Still Occupied', available on Blurb. Eventually this site will contain all the images in that book and more.

This is the image that we chose for the poster of my 1983 show at the Ferens Art Gallery, 'Still Occupied - A view of Hull' though looking back I'm not entirely sure why. Certainly it was a more 'arty' image than many in the show, playing a little with formal qualities, rhtym, punctuation and texture.
The scene is still readily identifiable on Street View. The window at left is in the Top Deck Snack Bar featured in yesterday's image and there is still a wooden pole (though probably a replacement) in the same place on the pavement. Most of the next section of wall has gone, replaced by a wider blue painted metal gate, and those two window recesses I carefully placed on either side of the post have been filled in, their positions still marked by a groove or crack around them. The roof has been renewed and its front replaced; Google, not always reliable in such things, tells me this is the Tom Thumb Industrial Estate. The next section of buildings has also had its frontage rebuilt, but the final group of three window recesses remains.
Street view doesn't let me manoeuvre myself into quite the position I stood in the road to produce this image, and certainly doesn't let me reproduce the glancing lighting that produced the textures and shadows from 1981, and the tension and atmosphere I felt then have disappeared completely.


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