Collection of Yorkshire prints, handbills and other miscellaneous documents

Scope and Content

Collection of prints relating to a number of churches and houses in Yorkshire. Also includes a small number of printed handbills relating to disturbances of the peace in Hull in 1832.

Administrative / Biographical History

In Hull, as in many other places, the reform movement and the subsequent Reform Act of 1832 caused some agitation. During this time, many in the local community in Hull became more critical of the local government and its workings. This dissention was particularly encouraged by James Acland, the publisher, writer and editor of the weekly political journal the Hull Portfolio, who became the movement's leader. Acland organised night meetings in the streets of the city and gave addresses to the assembled crowd, some of whom were accused of breaking the peace and assaulting passersby. Alongside local government and parliamentary reform, Acland also attacked market tolls as well as the tolls placed on bridges and the Humber ferry. Despite initial popular support, Acland was eventually arrested and imprisoned and by 1835 had been all but forgotten in Hull. The 1832 parliamentary election in Hull was ultimately won by the two Whig candidates, M.D. Hill and William Hutt, although a reasonable challenge was made by the Conservative candidate, David Carruthers.

Further details and information regarding the churches and houses, of which this collection contains prints or other related items, such as Clifford's Tower, Castle Howard, Howden Church and York Minster, can be found in various books held in our Local Studies Library.

Access Information

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Received from various unidentified sources

Related Material

Miscellaneous plans, engravings and prints [U DX48]

Drawings, engravings and off-prints of Hull, Yorkshire and noteable individuals (including some by FS Smith) [U DP60]

Handbills and posters mainly relating to Beverley [U DX150]

Material relating to the 1832 Reform Act [U DX150/9]

Other repositories:

Holy Trinity Parish Library, Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull [Ref. HTL]