Marsh Drive

Before it became known as ‘Kingstown upon the River Hull’ (now ‘Kingston upon Hull’) by Royal Charter in 1293, the settlement here was called ‘Wyke’ and the roads were frequently flooded by the River Humber, making it difficult and dangerous to access. The road on which you stand is Carr Lane (the word ‘Carr’ itself means marsh) and is a small clue to the once boggy terrain of centuries before.  By 1902, you can see from this archive image that it went on to become a bustling thoroughfare with carts and trams in procession along the street.  Nowadays of course, this lane is dominated by a very different kind of ‘car’, and the trams have long since disappeared as Hull was the first city to remove its tramways, in 1945 after the Second World War.