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The port of Kingston-upon-Hull is one of England’s most historical and diverse cities and boasts a wealth of taverns, inns, alehouses, and public houses. Most of the older drinking establishments that have survived have stories to tell; frequently quirky or surprising, always interesting and often with nautical links, given the city's links over the centuries with the fishing and shipbuilding industries. Author and historian, Paul Chrystal takes the reader on a fascinating tour around some of the oldest and most notorious watering holes in the city and its surrounding villages, relating facts and drunken tales as diverse as the English Civil War, Philip Larkin and the slave trade. The book explores their histories and hidden secrets and tells of the many characters that have frequented or run the city's public houses. Hull Pubs will make locals and visitors alike want to visit one of the city's venerable old taverns.
Paul Chrystal was educated at the Universities of Hull and Southampton where he took degrees in Classics and wrote his MPhil thesis on attitudes to women in Roman love poetry. He appears regularly on BBC local radio the World Service. He is the author of over fifty books on a wide range of subjects, including histories of northern places, social histories of tea and of chocolate, a history of confectionery in Yorkshire and various aspects of classical literature and Roman history.