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Tour of the End of the Earth

Grand Tour of Holderness

Grand Tour of Holderness

The Route of the Grand Tour led by Carol Osgerby. 21 June 2018.

Thursday, 21st June 2018

Today we were privileged to be given an excellent tour of the Holderness peninsular by local historian Carol Osgerby (with significant contributions from our driver Brian of East Yorkshire Coaches). "If Hull is the end of the line" said Carol "then Holderness is the end of the Earth!"

To the east of the river Hull, and partially in the Eastern hemisphere, Holderness is a land that owes its existence to glacial deposits at the end of the last Ice Age. It had relatively little wood and no natural stone other than cobbles; this has lead to its abandoned abbeys and castles being completely dismantled for their precious building materials. Nine towns and villages have been lost to the Humber and thirty-one to the sea; erosion continues to threaten coastal villages.

We stopped for lunch at Hornsea before heading inland and returning to Beverley via Skipsea with its impressive ancient castle motte and Sutton with its smaller earthworks.

Carol is currently engaged in creating a Hull & East Riding historical calendar, a link to which can be found on this page.

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