Trail: Hull - Fish Trail

Find the fish, explore the city!

Are you up to the challenge??

Go from point-to-point and explore Hull’s Old Town with historic illustrations and photographs.
Use the ‘camera view’ to see if you can work out where each picture was drawn or taken, and find our image ‘hotspots’ on the pavement to help you!

Can you also find Hull’s unique pavement fish along the way??

(Always be careful of your surroundings when using the app, and take care not to endanger yourself and others. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It’s a long trail too, so make sure you’ve plenty of battery on your device before setting off).

In association with Visit Hull and local tour guide Paul Schofield.

‘Anchovy’

(Our trail begins in Victoria Square, outside Hull City Hall.  Use ‘View on map’ from the trail’s homepage to reach point ‘1’ and the start of the trail).

LISTEN: Introduction from Paul Schofield, Hull Tour Guide

This sketch by F S Smith from 1888 shows the Punch Hotel before it was rebuilt in 1896. Behind is St John’s Church which was demolished to make way for the Ferens Art Gallery. City Hall had yet to be built on the left hand side of the picture.

Have you found the Anchovy in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made. Find our image ‘hotspot’ on the pavement to help you – (it’s around the corner at the end of the bus bay just past Kingston Jeanery).

‘Zander’

An 1887 view of the west end of Whitefriargate looking towards the Wilberforce Monument and Monument Bridge. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Zander fish in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made.  Find our image ‘hotspot’ on the pavement to help you – (it should be pretty close to where you’re standing, in the middle of Whitefriargate). That’s the end of the trail!

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‘Shark’

The Neptune Inn, 1883 (opened 1797) which became the Custom House in 1815. Despite the ground floor shop alterations, the building remains intact. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Shark in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made.  Find our image ‘hotspot’ on the pavement to help you – (it’s around this junction with Parliament Street).

‘Monkfish’

A pre-1930s view of Whitefriargate, showing the George Hotel which was demolished and replaced by British Home Stores (BHS) in 1934 – part of the pub remains in Land of Green Ginger. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Monkfish in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this photograph was taken.  Find our image ‘hotspot’ on the pavement to help you – (it should be pretty close to where you’re standing, here at the top of Whitefriargate).

‘Oarfish’

Bowlalley Lane around 1883, looking east and entrance to Exchange Alley on the north side of the street. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Oarfish in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made.  Find our image ‘hotspot’ on the pavement to help you – (it’s further along down Bowlalley Lane).

‘Squid’

An 1887 view of the Unitarian Chapel (demolished 1936) and looking north along Manor Alley. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Squid in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made.  You know the drill by now, so try this one without a ‘hotspot’!

‘Brill’

Looking north up Lowgate around 1885 towards St Mary’s church with The Exchange on the west side of the Street. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Brill in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made.  Find our image ‘hotspot’ on the pavement to help you – (you’ll need to cross the street and go left, just past Bowlalley Lane).

‘Lumpsucker’

Looking across to the old Town Hall in 1913, designed by Cuthbert Broderick and replaced by the present Guildhall. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Lumpsucker in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made.  Our image ‘hotspot’ is right here this time, next to the Lumpsucker!

‘Whitebait’

Entrance to old George Yard between the two pubs, south of the current

George Yard/Gandhi Way, around 1885. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Whitebait in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made.  Have a go again without the aid of a ‘hotspot’!

‘Shrimp’

Looking north up High Street towards Wilberforce House around 1885. (Sketch by F S Smith, courtesy Hull City Council).

Have you found the Shrimp in the pavement?

Now open ‘camera view’ and see if you can find the spot where this drawing was made.  Find our image ‘hotspot’ on the pavement to help you – (it’s on the corner of Gandhi Way).