Hull University – Tuesday 1st October 2019

After three nights in Beverley we headed south to stay in Lincoln, stopping off at the University of Hull campus on the way.  The university was founded in 1927 and the poet Philip Larkin worked there as a librarian from 1955 until his death in 1985.  The Waterstones here is in a modern concrete building – the inside is almost brutalist in style.

Hull University map

The university, and the city of Hull, are rightly proud of Larkin and he is commemorated by a city trail and with a statue at the railway station. The statue and its accompanying slate plaques featuring some of Larkin’s verses were created by sculptor Martin Jennings.

After leaving the university we drove to the cemetery in nearby Cottingham where Philip Larkin is buried to look at his grave, but it was it was pouring with rain but unfortunately, despite extensive searching, I failed to find it.