Hull & Me: Paul Schofield

In this blog series, we’re talking to people about their connections to Hull and what the city means to them. In this post we’re chatting to Paul Schofield, Hull’s award-winning tour guide who has been leading tours of the city for more than three decades.

Thanks for chatting to us! First things first – tell us a bit more about you and your relationship to Hull.

I’m Hull born and bred and since 1988 I’ve been a freelance tour guide showing off our great city.

Great. Can you tell us about a place in the city that’s special or memorable to you?

I would have to say that the Old Town is special and memorable to me. Since I was a kid I’ve always found it fascinating. As I entered my early adult years it’s where me and my friends went drinking attracted by the historic pubs, the atmosphere and the diverse and interesting people to be found there. For the last 34 years it’s where I do the majority of my guided walks and still go drinking there!
Everything about the city can be found there – over 800 years of history.

What’s one thing we absolutely have to include in a history of Hull?

Hard to name just one thing but I would say the River Hull along Riverside Walk. This is where the port started in the 1100s onwards  – without the river the city wouldn’t be here. High Street was built adjacent to it and it’s here that the rich, powerful merchants established themselves and among them was William Wilberforce.

Finally, what’s your favourite thing about the city?

My favourite thing is the people. Hull is full of caring and friendly folk and they have forged a strong sense of community which is often very inspiring. It’s no surprise that the city has an excellent voluntary sector – people are very keen to offer their help and support for free.

Thanks so much for chatting to us!

Find out more about Paul and his Hull and Beverley tours here.

 

 

 

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