A trip to the 13th Century – Hull celebrates Hanse Day

Over 21,000 people gathered at the Hull High Street on Saturday to celebrate the international Hanse Day.

The annual event took people back to a 13th century medieval Hull, a time when the city was part of a powerful league called the Hanseatic league that dealt with trading.

Meredith Trowsdale, the event organiser, said: “In the mid-13th century, seafaring merchants from across Northern Europe joined together to form the Hanseatic League as a way to pursue their shared economic interests.

Throughout the North Sea and Baltic Sea region, up to 200 towns and cities were members of the League. Hull was one of several associated trading cities in the UK, exporting such items as wool, cloth and salt.

Some days up to a dozen ships arrived into Hull with imported timber, canvas, furs, iron, flax and pitch. For over 400 years the League played a major role in shaping economies, trade and politics before losing its significance in the mid-17th century.”

Although this is only the second time the event has been celebrated, the first being last year, there were almost double the number of people, as Trowsdale said: (We had) 21,075, compared to 12,000 in 2016 which was our first year.

Residents flocked together to interact with people dressed as characters from over three millennia ago.



A character attempting to eat a burning smore.

Connor Miller, 28 from Goole said: “I missed the event last year so this was my first time. It was so exciting and there was so much to see.”

Amy Katherine, 47 from Hessle said: “Some of the stunts the characters were doing were quite scary. But it was nice to see everyone mingle and have a good time.”

Esther May, 33, from Anlaby said: “It’s nice to see such recreations. I feel i can know a little about what Hull was like all those years ago and how different it is now.”

Sandra Evans, 35, from Hessle said: “You don’t see this everyday, especially here. They should do things like these more often.”

Following the end of the 6 hour long event, Trowsdale said:” The event was a great success with a 75% increase in visitor number.”

The date is already selected for our 2018 event – 12th May 2018″, she added.

To learn more about the Hanse Day event, visit their website






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