Heritage listings for Hull include Larkin’s flat and Humber Bridge
The attic flat where Philip Larkin wrote many of his most withering poems about Hull is among nine of the city’s landmarks to be listed in a boost to its city of culture status.
The Humber Bridge joins St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster in Grade I listing, on the advice of Historic England, 36 years after it opened.
Hull’s tidal surge barrier and some “elegant and well designed” Edwardian-style public toilets get Grade II listing. The loos were opened in 1926 for use by men and women. Almost all of the original fixtures and fittings have survived.
A statue of William de la Pole, Hull’s first mayor, some 19th-century warehouses, and the church of St Michael & All Angels will also be listed.
The attic flat where Larkin lived for 18 years, writing about “palsied old step-takers” and “hare-eyed clerks with the jitters”, is also given Grade II status. The flat at 32 Pearson Park, overlooking a 22-acre Victorian park, was a perfect people-watching spot. “Not a bad place to be. Yet it doesn’t suit me,” Larkin wrote in the poem Toads Revisited.
His description of a four-bedroom suburban house he later bought was less kind: “Fearfully graceless … an ugly little house. I feel like a tortoise that has been taken out of one shell and put in another.”
The grave of Edward Booth, a railway fireman whose death in a train crash in 1906 prompted an overhaul of railway safety in Britain, and the home of J Arthur Rank, the saviour of the mid-20th-century British film industry, are also listed.
Duncan Wilson, the chief executive of Historic England, said: “From its rich maritime heritage to the graceful Humber Bridge opened on this day in 1981, Hull has a proud story told through its historic buildings and places.”
Clockwise from top: the Humber Bridge, opened by the Queen on 17 July 1981 and now awarded Grade I-listed status; the statue of Hull’s first mayor, Sir William de la Pole (1332 to 1335), also given heritage listing; the poet Philip Larkin and his now Grade II-listed former flat at 32 Pearson Park, Hull