One of Hull’s Cream Phone Box

I first learned of Hull’s Cream Phone boxes in 2013 from this BBC article. In that article it said:

“A strange fact about Hull is that telephone company BT have never run the public phone boxes in the city. All of the communications in the city were run by the city council until 2007 and so all of the phone boxes are white, not the usual red that BT uses.”

I was reminded of them again in this 2018 BBC article. This time the BBC had a little more to say:

“Hull’s telephone network was never run by the Post Office which was responsible for red phone boxes.

In 1904, Hull City Council was one of several local authorities to set up their own phone network.

Back then it was called Hull Telephone Department and today it is KCOM. It had cream phone boxes.

Other authorities later gave up control of their networks to the Post Office which wanted to create a single national service.

While the Post Office network was eventually taken over by BT, Hull’s remained independent.

All of the communications in the city were run by the city council until it sold its final stake in 2007 and so all of the phone boxes are cream, not the red that BT uses.”

The same BBC article also had this to say on why the traffic on the approach road to the Savoy Hotel off the Strand drive on the right.

“An act of parliament was passed in 1902 allowing carriages and cars to enter Savoy Court on the right.

This was to prevent cars dropping off or picking up people at the Savoy Theatre from blocking the hotel’s entrance.

However, other benefits did emerge from the arrangement, a spokeswoman for the Savoy Hotel told us.

Women traditionally sat behind their chauffeur, so pulling up on the right meant the rich and famous could exit their car in style.

The driver did not need to walk around the vehicle to open the door so the guest could move straight from the car into the hotel.”

Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.

I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.