location by layers

This is a simple means of placing where Plot 30 is. The location and situation will be explored and expanded on in future posts.

One frustration of starting this blog is how difficult I am finding including maps. I am sure I will work this out. Another is working with the Gutenberg editor of WordPress. It is very flexible but not intuitive. However,these problems are useful as I have not written much recently and searching the ‘web’and browsing for answers is becoming an ally of procrastination.

Kingston upon Hull is a unitary authority on the east coast of England. It is a port city. Its geographical position is a contextual element in both my family history and artistic practice. Being able to locate oneself is an important part of how care for and about a place develops.

Kingston upon Hull is more usually referred to as Hull. It lies on the Humber estuary and developed around the mouth of the river Hull. The outlet of the river is believed to have changed to it current one in the early medieval period.

Hull is divided by its river. Industry and community have similarly separated by the river. The west side was home to the deep sea fishing and where my maternal family lived and worked. Plot 30 is in the east of the city.

Here is Bilton Grove Allotments (here labelled Bilton Road). The nearby waterway is Holderness Drain which has a sluice controlled outlet on the Humber.

all maps used are from © OpenStreetMap contributors


a scrap of blue plastic on newly turned soil at the allotment

I am continuing to clear a piece of the plot for the cabbage plants Len gave me. Plastic is ubiquitous here. Sometimes I become interested in what colour I find next. Blue is less common than black, beige or multicoloured. I separate the non-compostable and take it home to dispose of in the household waste. Most plastic and glass cannot be recycled and today I realised I do not know how the waste is dealt with.


Where to start anything often feels both arbitrary and reasoned. I shall begin with what at the time was a request to my parents for some family history and the random things that keep arriving. The photograph below was the first thing that my parents brought in response to my interest in our past.

Edith at age 14

This is my maternal grandmother Edith Walmsley and the year is 1923. I first saw this photograph a couple of months ago (February 2019). It was in a small number of photographs my parents brought when I asked if they could help but some faces and/or stories to the family tree we had started. I was surprised that they had any old pictures as I had the impression that they had cleared almost everything out in recent years.

Edith at 18

Edith was born 3rd July 1909. Married 4th January 1933. I do not have a photograph of the wedding at the moment but I may be able to find one from other family members.