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Hull Fish Trail

Fish Pavement
Gordon Young
1992

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Description

The Hull Fish Trail features mostly reliefs of fish made from traditional materials in the pavement. The artist Gordon Young created the trail of sculptures in 1992 - representing the actual size of fish with life size pieces, from a tiny anchovy to a 10ft ray. His sense of humour surfaces with the placing of a plaice in the market place, an electric eel outside the electricity sub station and a shark outside a bank... The trail starts at Hull City Hall and takes you around the marina, pier head and around the old town before returning to the start. The trail was laid out in 1992 and in July 2019 one of them was no longer present, and three (nos. 11-13) could not be seen because of reconstruction works.

The lead artist was Gordon Young; with assistance from Martin Bellwood, Russell Coleman, Ian Cooper and Brian Fell.

Walk Route: Queen Victoria Square > Princes Dock Street > Posterngate > North Church Side > Market Place > South Church Side > Fish Street > Castle Street > Humber Dock Street > Victoria Pier > Queen Street > High Street > Aldred Gelder Street > Whitefriargate.

NB. Since nos. 11, 12 and 13 are all on one block, and 15, 16 and 17 in one relief, there are only 37 stations.

1. Anchovy

36 chromed bronzes
(King Edward Street, at SE corner of Town Hall)
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2. Lobster

8 lobsters in cornish slate
(Carr Lane at Whitefriargate)
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3. Cod

cast in bronze and chrome set in Carrara marble
(Carr Lane at Whitefriargate)
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4. X Ray Fish

(etched in glass at the Beverley Gate, we didn't find them)
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5. Flying Fish

Two reliefs in York stone and two metal cut out fish
(Princess Dock Yard 26)
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6. Herring

hundreds of bricks
(south-side sidewalk of Posterngate)
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7. Plaice

four reliefs in York stone, we found only one
(Trinity Square at King Street)
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8. Mackerel

(Market Place at North Church Side)
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9. Dogfish
10. Catfish

beaten lead etched in Elland Edge Flag rock
(Castle Street / Dagger Lane)
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11. Starfish
12. Mussel
13. Warty Doris
not visible because of construction works, July 2019
14. Swordfish

Cornish slate
(Humber Dock Promenade)
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15. Quid
16. Viviparous
17. Blenny and Yawling

one stone (Hopton Wood Stone) with three fish
(Henry Vernone Court / Minerva Terrace)
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18. Haddock

black Belgian marble
(Minerva Terrace)
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19. Umber

several fish branded in the timbers
(Victoria Pier)
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20. Ray

Staffordshire black bricks, 3 m wide (the largest of all reliefs)
(Nelson Street)
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21. Turbot

granite
(Nelson Street)
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22. Naucrates Ductor

Elland Edge Flag rock
(Queen Street)
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23. Garfish

Cumbrian green slate
(Queen Street)
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24. Icefish

Carrara marble
(High Street at Blackfriargate)
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25. Eel

14 cut steel eels in the timber of the river Hull boardwalk
(between Church Lane Staith and Scale Lane Staith)
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26. Salmon

cut out steel fish on a corten steel base
(East ramp of Scale Lane Bridge)
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27. Crab

moulded brick
(High Street 157/159)
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28. Shrimp

polished slate (the smallest of all fish reliefs)
(High Street 167)
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29. Whitebait

hundreds of imprinted Ketley bricks
(south-side sidewalk of Gandhi Way)
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30. Electric Eel

Derbyshire grit stone
(Gandhi Way / Alfred Gelder Street)
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31. Sea Trout

York stone
(Alfred Gelder Street, 20 m east of Lowgate)
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32. Lumpsucker

York stone
(Alfred Gelder Street / Lowgate)
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33. John Dory

black enamel in Orton scar stone
(Lowgate, Under the tower of St. Mary the Virgin)
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34. Brill

York stone
(Lowgate, 20 m north of Bishop Lane)
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35. Gurnard or Sea Robin

Lazenby red stone
(Lowgate, in front of Exchange Court)
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36. Squid

cast iron
(Exchange Court)
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37. Oarfish

red enamel in Hopton Wood stone
(Exchange Court, under the gate at Bowlalley Lane)
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38. Hake

cut in steel
(Bowlalley Lane, alley to Ye Olde White Harte)
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39. Monkfish

black Belgian marble
(Whitefriargate 64-66)
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40. Shark

Cornish slate
(Whitefriargate at Parliament Street)
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41. Zander

Cumbrian green slate
(Whitefriargate)
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N.B. The marker on the map of Hull indicates fish no. 1. On the map below are all fish marked.

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Tags

  • Electric Eel
  • Fish
  • Flying Fish
  • Garfish
  • Gurnard
  • Haddock
  • Hake
  • Herring
  • Icefish
  • John Dory (fish)
  • Lobster
  • Lumpsucker
  • Mackerel
  • Monkfish
  • Oarfish
  • Pilot fish
  • Plaice
  • Quid
  • Salmon
  • Sea Trout
  • Shark
  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Stingray
  • Swordfish
  • Turbot
  • Umber
  • Whitebait
  • Young, Gordon
  • Zander
  • Location (N 53°44'37" - W 0°20'22")

    Item Code: gbyh021; Photograph: 25 July 2019
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