After looking at a few streets in Hull City centre I feel like Whitefriargate has a diverse offering of shops, businesses and history.
In a day this street is a bustling street filled with people with their own agendas. In the morning for example, I see many people go to Gregs (located midway through Whitefriargate) to get there morning coffee and a bacon sandwich. Business men and women with their briefcases pacing through as they dart to beat the clock, travelling through Whitefiargate to Silver Street and beyond.
Midday the street repopulates with people going for their dinner to range of bakery’s and shops selling food, Cooplands and Gregs are often popular choices providing convenient, quick, easy access for people wanting a quick light bite. Towards the west further up there is a butchers called crawshaw which provides baguettes, chicken, burgers giving a diversity of choice to customers.
There are also different types shops allowing for a wider range of demographics catering for people with different needs. HMV gives customers a wide range of music, dvd and audio equipment. Just opposite is a shop called Kapow which is a unique shop selling different items related to pop culture. There is also a bank a little past midway which stands tall over the street with its elegant historical architecture. There are also three ways to get into Whitefrargate, the path from the west where princess quay is, east coming from silver street and north from Parliament Street.
There is also some interesting history behind Whitefriargate. The naming of Whitefriargate originated from the monks in 1293 because the monks were regard as the White friars, which eventually give the name Whitefriargate. There is also a mix of older historical building and newer 60’s onwards with a plane block like structure. This is largely due to the fact that Hull was one of the most heavily bombed cities during the war because of the docks, giving the city a target in the crosshairs which meant that many historical building were reduced to rubble. This makes it easily visible down Whitefriargate which buildings are more elegant and historical, contrasting with cheaper newer buildings. Many of the buildings have also been repurposed for different uses to, for example the shops – the works and boots are in the building that is called the Neptune inn which used to be a inn for merchants in the 1700s.
Now (show picture) the street is under construction in order to reinvigorate the street along with the rest of the city for the city of culture 2017. This means that for the public it is hard to navigate, limiting accessibility to shops and potentially reducing business. Construction vehicles frequency move through here also causing disruption to the people walking by. Walkways and ramps have been temporally made in order to customers to get into shops, signs with the businesses names saying “business open as usual” alerting public that they can still go in. Barriers have been contracted which reaches all the way down the street in order to provide public safety and the continuos flow of development, disruption free.