House History Timeline

Viewing glencoe53's Edwardian Terrace on Glencoe Street, Hull



Mr David Fry & Mr John Berry You moved in


New Labour

A Labour landslide results in Tony Blair taking over from John Major as PM.


The Gulf War

After a build up of US troops in surrounding countries causes anxiety, Iraq annexes Kuwait in 1990. A coalition force combining 28 nations, including Britain and the US, embark on an 8 week offensive. The war creates millions of refugees and oil spills cause severe environmental damage.


The Falklands War

A long term source of contention for Britain and Argentina, the Argentinians invade the Falkland Islands to decisively annex the area. A task force is sent to re-establish British control, which is resumed, although Argentina still lays claim to the area.



Mr & Mrs Robin Hill Until 1998 occupier


Winter of Discontent

Eight years of unrest and discontent at the declining economy, continuing inflation and rising rates of unemployment result in a number of trade unions striking.



Mr & Mrs F S Melbourne Until 1979 occupier -Mr and Mrs Melbournes daughter works as a receptionist at my doctors surgery just around the corner from Glencoe Street. On a visit for a perscription when I gave her my address she explained that she had grown up in the house and that we still have the same telephone number.



Mr George Richard Pyle Until 1968 occupier - Labourer - formerly of 110 Manchester Street


The Suez Crisis

Also known as the Suez War, Britain joins France and Israel to prevent President Nasser from nationalising the Suez Canal. After US president Eisenhower condemns the attack, British forces withdraw.



Miss Violetta Irene Gill Until 1962 occupier - cashier/book-keeper formally of 8 Park Cresent, Park Street


Elizabeth I is crowned Queen

The princess Elizabeth accedes to the throne and is still ruling today.



Mrs Shina Levy Until 1955 occupier - widow- Mrs Levy died in 1955


India and Pakistan are independent

India and Pakistan gain independence from the British Empire. They are closely followed by Asia and Africa in an active period of decolonisation.


End of World War Two

Germany’s surrender brings an end to the War. An estimated 62 million had lost their lives.



Mrs Ady May Skilton Until 1950 occupier - widow, formerly of Grimsby



Photo of your local area from 1920
The local archivist, from whom we obtained this pictures thinks it was taken between the wars but has no actual date for it. Our house, No. 53 is second from the right.


Mrs Ellen Jane Venables Until 1927 (Occupier) I was amazed to be contacted by the great-grand son of Mr and Mrs Venables just before Xmas 2007, here is what he had to say.
My great-grandmother is on the far left of the picture in your back
garden, which was taken in I think 1922, and my great-grandfather on
the extreme right. Their daughter Bessie (1896-1987) was either about
to or had just got married, and the couple in the middle are her
husband Fred Sawyer's parents. The other children who did part of
their growing up in the house were Alice (1900-1961), who married the
chief chemist at Tetley's Brewery (a teetotaller) and moved to Leeds,
my grandfather Harold (Hal), (1903-1991), who was apprenticed to
Kennings and moved first to Chesterfield and then Walsall to manage
garages, then run his own, and the baby, Archibald (known as Roger
because his first wife thought Archie was a name for a cad), born
1907, who followed his father into BP and lived and worked in
Hampshire, Dorset and now Somerset.

My great-grandfather (known as CV) had been in Hull Workhouse (the
Anlaby Road one, so he didn't object to living nearby later) as a
child. None of his children was ever told this, although once he
could afford it he paid for and went to carve the roast beef for the
workhouse childen's Christmas dinner each year, and wouldn't let his
own children sit down to theirs until they'd helped - but never told
them why they had to do it and they were too scared of him to ask. He
was like a story from Smiles' Self-Help in some ways, although
unknown to himself he was remaking a larger family fortune - his
great-uncle was Lord Mayor of London and his father, who died young,
was the disinherited/runaway heir to a paper-making dynasty in Berks/
Bucks/Oxon. He began by selling tea from a tiny office in Dock
Street, then became a commercial traveller, then a master grocer,
then c 1900 one of the first area distributors for BP. He never drove
himself, although at one time he covered his territory in Scotland by
bicycle (and train). When he was at Glencoe Street he kept a car and
chauffeur at his BP depot and would be collected every morning. It
was typical of him to live in a good solid house not a showy one,
though. After he retired from BP he set up Midland Motor Finance with
Sir George Kenning and only retired from that in his mid-eighties, by
which time he'd also moved to Leeds, via Chesterfield and Sheffield
as well as Ilkley.

My great-grandmother as you see was as tall as her husband, and they
used to put on the gloves and box one another for exercise. With the
children he was the fierce one, she was the gentle one but I think
there was a fair bit of hard cop/soft cop involved. She was born in
Stepney but wasn't from a Cockney family - her father's family came
from Yeovil and her mother's were navy people, from Devonport and
Sheerness - and lived in Hull from early childhood. Before she
married CV she was working at a Temperance Hotel in Jarrett Street,
and after they were married cooked for civic banquets in Hull. She
made the (real) turtle soup, or that's the story that's come down the
family. She taught the boys as well as the girls to cook.

League of Nations

The newly formed League of Nations meet for the first time.


The Treaty of Versailles

Following Germany’s surrender, she is forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles with the allies following a six month Peace Conference in Paris. The humiliating terms of the Treaty arguably led to the rise of Hitler’s Nazi Party.


The First World War

After the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro Hungarian Empire. The system of European alliances means war is declared. This war saw the introduction of trench warfare, an estimated 750,000 British died. The allied powers (France, Britain and from 1917, USA).



Mrs Amy Louise Dyson Until 1920 (Occupier) - Mrs Dyson was the daughter of Mrs Purdon Cooper who bequeathed No. 53 to her.
Cross referencing information from Mr and mrs Venables (above) great grand son we think Mrs dyson could have rented the house to them prior to them buying it as his great uncle recalls being there before the 1920 purchase date.



Mrs Mary Purdon Cooper Until 1908 (Occupier)



Your house was built


Accession of Edward VII

Four years after her diamond jubilee, Queen Victoria dies. Her death is an occasion of national mourning.


Second Boer War

After receiving military equipment from German, the Boers re-armed and fought on the borders of the Cape Colony and Natal. The British army immediately sent reinforcements. The severity of the British actions (including the use of concentration camps in which inmates were subjected to cruel work regimes and fatal diseases spread) in South Africa was strongly opposed by liberal politicians as the extreme of imperialism. The war ended in 1902 with the Treaty of Vereeiging, the two independent republics were lost and absorbed into the British Empire.

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