Hull’s Humber Street then and now: Business in 1904 compared to 2019

Walking down Humber Street today, it is difficult to imagine a time when fruit and vegetable merchants dominated the landscape.

In fact, despite its relatively recent transformation, it is growing increasingly hard to remember a time when the street was not filled with cocktail bars, restaurants and boutique retailers.

Humber Street is, without doubt, one of Hull’s big recent success stories.

Today, the street is home to some of the city’s best-known food and drink establishments, and the annual Humber Street Sesh attracts tens of thousands of people to the Fruit Market area.

But what was there before the likes of Thieving Harry’s, Butler Whites, Humber Fish Co, and many of the other names which are so well known today.

Humber Street back in 1949
(Image: Hull Live)

Hull Live obtained a copy of the first ever telephone directory for the city, courtesy of KCOM.

Dating back to 1904, we have taken a look at some of the businesses which were residents of Humber Street over a century ago, and compared to what exists today.

Take a look at the list below, and see the transformation of Humber Street.

Tadman Bros. (fruit merchants) – 1 Humber Street – now Oresome Gallery & Jewellery

Victoria Prince (left) and Nicola Fidell-Chapman, Oresome Gallery and Jewellery Workshop
Victoria Prince (left) and Nicola Fidell-Chapman, Oresome Gallery and Jewellery Workshop
(Image: Hull Daily Mail)

Oresome Gallery stands at the Marina end of Humber Street, and specialises in jewellery making, commissions and repairs.

J. Bradnum & Co (fruit merchant) – 7 Humber Street – now Cocoa Chocolatier

Jon Collins who started up Cocoa Chocolatier in Hull city centre
Jon Collins who started up Cocoa Chocolatier in Hull city centre
(Image: ©Karl Andre Photography Ltd 2016)

Cocoa Chocolatier started out in Hull’s Trinity Market in 2015. Today, it has expanded to Humber Street and has increased its range of chocolates and cakes.

W.J. Hiscock – 17 Humber Street – now Poorboy Boutique

Poorboy Boutique in Humber Street
(Image: jellerby)

The vintage clothing store has established itself at the heart of Humber Street, and uses local models to showcase its range of men and women’s clothing.

Gibson & Stirling – 22 Humber Street – now Ghost Orchid Bride

Inside Ghost Orchid Bride in Humber Street

The bridalwear and wedding dress shop features a range of designer labels from across the world, including Chantel Lauren, Alexandra Grecco and Marquise Bridal.

Holdsworth & Crosby (fruit merchant) – 24 Humber Street – now Plant & Paint

Lara Roberts in the newly opened outlet
Lara Roberts in the newly opened outlet
(Image: Neil Holmes)

What was once a well-known Hull fruit merchants is now a houseplant, homeware and furniture store. Plant & Paint specialises in handmade items from local creators, with products including lighting, planters, floral art and plant stands.

Glassman & Haberland (grocer) – 25 Humber Street – now Tessies

Tessies in Humber Street
Tessies in Humber Street
(Image: Richard Addison)

Tessies relocated from its original home in Newland Avenue to Humber Street earlier this year. The fashion boutique sells a collection of eclectic womenswear, jewellery and accessories.

H Tyson (fruit merchant) – 28 Humber Street – now Dinostar

Steve Plater, of Dinostar
(Image: Hull Daily Mail)

Dinostar has been in Humber Street for more than 15 years, and opened at a time when the well-known dinosaur museum was surrounded by empty and derelict warehouses. Today, it is surrounded by bars, restaurants and boutique shops.

Scott & Wray (fruit and potato merchant) – 29 Humber Street – now Dinostar

Dinostar has been in Humber Street for more than 15 years
Dinostar has been in Humber Street for more than 15 years
(Image: @TarkId=28329089)

Dinostar has been in Humber Street for more than 15 years, and opened at a time when the well-known dinosaur museum was surrounded by empty and derelict warehouses. Today, it is surrounded by bars, restaurants and boutique shops.

W Machin (fruit merchant) – 59 Humber Street – now J Johnsons Wine Bar & Bistro

J Johnsons Wine Bar and Bistro, Humber Street, Hull
J Johnsons Wine Bar and Bistro, Humber Street, Hull
(Image: The Journal Hull)

J Johnsons opened in Humber Street in 2018. The wine bar and bistro is the latest venture from business partners Chris Eastaugh, Jason Gittens and Dan Robinson, owners of the successful Butler Whites restaurant in Humber Street and popular Larkin’s gastro pub in Newland Avenue.

Priestley & Escreet (fruit and potato seller) – 61 Humber Street – now Fruit

Fruit, Humber Street, Hull
Fruit, Humber Street, Hull
(Image: pharbour)

One of Hull’s most famous music venues is currently undergoing an impressive £1.5m revamp. The face lift includes a swanky café bar, a versatile performance space and new upstairs offices featuring communal areas where creative companies can rent space and collaborate.

William Hancock (fruit and flower seller) – 69 Humber Street – now GH&36 salon

New family-run beauty salon GH&36 has opened up in Hull’s Fruit Market. Julie (left) and Zoe Omond
(Image: Submitted)

Another relatively new addition to Humber Street, GH&36 is the brainchild of mother-daughter duo Julie and Zoe Omond. With six dedicated treatment rooms, the beauty salon offers treatments including laser tattoo removal, anti-wrinkle injections, professional makeup application and massages therapies.

J Walker (potato merchant) – 71 Humber Street – now Humber Fish Co.

James Stockdale, Humber Fish Co
(Image: Hull Daily Mail)

Humber Fish Co opened last year to celebrate the city’s rich maritime heritage. It offers relaxed informal dining on locally-sourced fish and seafood, with leather seating, marble-topped tables and reclaimed driftwood adorning the walls.

Simmons & Reymer (fruit merchant) – 73 Humber Street – now Thieving Harry’s

Thieving Harry's, Humber Street, Hull
Thieving Harry’s, Humber Street, Hull
(Image: kwoolhouse)

The well-known café sits at the end of Humber Street, close to Hull Marina, and has become a go-to destination for both foodies and those looking for a quiet coffee.

How to contact Phil Winter and Business Live

Business Live's Hull & East Yorkshire journalist is Phil Winter

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