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Field trip to Fort Paull

posted 13 May 2011, 11:03 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 12 Feb 2012, 09:15 ]
The defence of the Humber Estuary ancient and modern was the theme for the spring field trip by CBA Yorkshire on 7 May. 

Some 30 members and friends of CBA Yorkshire gathered at Fort Paull on the north bank of the Humber a few miles to the east of Hull to begin the day with a short lecture and tour of the visitor attraction. 

The earliest fortification on the site dates to the time of Henry VIII but all that is visible today is from the Victorian period and later. The site now houses a military museum run by volunteers and members heard of the struggles for funding to enable the attraction to stay open. 

The afternoon began with a visit to Paull Holme Tower, a ruined early-Tudor structure once part of an extensive manor that now sits in isolation in a field surrounded by the earthworks of former buildings. The owner, Simon Taylor, kindly took the party inside the tower and on to the first floor above the barrell vaulted basement.

The day ended with a short walk onto the foreshore to look at the remains of the Cherry Cobb Sands decoy from the Second World War. Concrete lined ponds and wooden posts still remain from the time when this part of the Humber was re-modelled to represent the Hull docks in the hope of tricking enemy aircraft into dropping their bombs. 

Everyone enjoyed what proved to be a most informative day. 

The next field trip for CBA Yorkshire will be around the landscape of Rievaulx Abbey on Sunday 9 October led by Abby Hunt from English Heritage. Booking slips will be circulated to members later in the summer.