Monday 5 August 2019

Hull Summer School of Chess: History and Chess

There was a sliver of time between the chess activities to explore more of the historical side of Hull and, as one who enjoys exalted company, I set off with the former Mayoress of Bottesford for a bimble (word © Jo Hutchinson) around various parts of the city.

Hull Minster was on my list of places to visit. It was called the Holy Trinity Church until 2017 and dates back to the 1300s. William Wilberforce was one of many people to be baptised here.

I am not now and never have been religious but do enjoy exploring churches and learning about their history. There was certainly plenty to see in this one.

A change of career could be on the cards.

Further childhood memories were evoked by the sight of Carver's. A meal at Carver's was mandatory during my earlier visits to Hull. Back then the shop's venue was a famous tent and they also had a stall at the annual Hull Fair. I remember the homemade mint sauce. The business dates back to 1888 and there have been several Bob Carvers since the original.

It was closed at the time, but one day I must sample their fish and chips to see if standards have been maintained.

Meanwhile, the former Mayoress of Bottesford had remembered about a cafe called The Brain Jar which had chess equipment and a chess library, so we bimbled over there for a game of chess and a mint hot chocolate.

Quite possibly the best cafe around for chess books.

Tough game!

Jo attracted a fan and once he found out she was one of the top players around he went to the counter to ask for a pen and paper...

...and asked for Jo's autograph. 'Can you please sign it to King Ralphy?' he asked, and Jo duly obliged. Meanwhile, King Ralphy's friend had fallen asleep at the table next to ours, with his dog doing the same on his lap. I found The Brain Jar had potential for an excellent situation-comedy.

One more piece of history presented itself on the way back.

This site contains the remains of Beverley Gate. This marks the spot where Sir John Hotham, former Governor of Hull, refused permission for King Charles I to enter the city and to seize the munitions in anticipation of the impending war.

This incredible act - another indication of the fiercely-independent aspect of Hull - has since been noted as the spark which started the First English Civil War.

This brought to an end my cultural mission in Hull, but I need to return soon for further explorations.

Incidentally, anyone in Hull or the surrounding areas may like to know about this friendly chess event which is coming up very soon.

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