“History… not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul”John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton
THE RICH HISTORY of Hedon and the wider South Holderness area is fascinating. On HU12 Online we have tried to capture some of that over the years. What follows is a whistle-stop tour of some interesting articles:
Our “Ripley’s Reminiscences” series ran in 2014 -15 and focussed on the fascinating photographs sent in by Malc Ripley. The series continues to generate interest today.
Lynne Mcdonald contacted us from Australia in 2014 searching for information about her ancestor William Dring. In 1874, William from Hedon was convicted of stealing clothes, books and brandy. He was later transported to Botany Bay penal colony to serve seven years. He was one of Australia’s ‘First Fleeters’ having arrived in Sydney Cove on 26th January 1788. Eight generations on, and Lynne was trying to find out about the Hedon Drings.
Terror from the Sky was a summary of the Zeppelin attack on Hedon in August 1917. Fortunately, there were no casualties. However, the bombing completely destroyed the Primitive Methodist Chapel that stood on Baxter Gate.
The World War II bombing of Magdalen Road on 8 May 1941 became a major investigation on the website over 5 years. Different contributors helped build a picture of what actually happened that night. It provided information to allow proper remembrance of those killed.
Hedon Aerodrome, or correctly, Hull Municipal Airport, opened in October 1929. Perhaps the greatest moment in the aerodrome’s history was on 11th August 1930 when Amy Johnson the famous aviator from Hull landed at the airfield.
The site was also the location of our very own aircraft production company. The Civilian company constructed five Coupe aeroplanes in 1931. Amazingly, one of them (G-ABNT pictured here 1931), was still flying very recently.
“Hedon Aerodrome” now describes green space to the west of town. However, the airfield has long gone.
The G-ABNT aeroplane features in the fascinating life story of Ted Winkler. In 2003 Ted arranged for it to land in Ottringham as part of the launch of his book A Civilian Affair. If you have any photographs of the launch event and the aeroplane in Ottringham we’d love to share them on HU12 Online. Sadly, Ted died two weeks short of his 100th birthday in December 2020.
One of our popular history articles on HU12 Online is the investigation by Mike Covell into who killed Mary Jane Langley? The murder took place on 1 August 1891 on a lonely Preston lane. The case was investigated at the time under massive media scrutiny. 130 years later the case remains unsolved.
We are always keen to hear about local history stories from the area and see your photographs. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a link with the local area we have a private Facebook group page dedicated to local nostalgia and reminiscence: Hedon Blog Photos – Old & New.