Window Wanderland in Hull

16 November 2017

As part of bringing 'City of Culture' to areas of Hull which would not usually attract much attention, people in the area of East Hull known as Southcoates were encouraged to do window displays on the theme of “We remember” for -    Remembrance weekend.

St John’s C of E Church in Rosemead Street, were the main local organisers, supported by 'Believe in Hull,' which has urged faith communities to get involved in 'City of Culture.' People were encouraged to wander around the finished windows in the area and meet the neighbours.

The Southcoates Lane Community agreed to be part of the initiative and armed with plenty of tissue paper, old recycled blind material and black card, set about creating some simple windows.

The windows made, reflected the history of the area, which is mentioned in the Domesday book.  A Chantry Chapel, once situated almost opposite where the present Mercy community live, was of particular interest. They also spotlighted the ministries that the Sisters had been involved in from Southcoates Lane including teaching, prison work and care for the elderly, as well as celebrating well-known local landmarks. Frankie, the community cat got his own window.

Despite the very cold nights when the display was on, quite a few people wandered up to see the windows and meet some of the Sisters. Many expressed surprise at finding out this area is much older than Hull and that the land around once belonged to a Cistercian Nuns priory at Swine, forming part of their vast sheepfolds.


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It is hoped that from a small beginning this year, the event will become an annual occurrence. Window Wanderland is an initiative which started in Bristol two years ago, as a way of bringing neighbourhoods together through creating art in windows.

Sister Bernie Roche
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