History of Kingston upon Hull

Scope and Content

Includes a manuscript copy of the History of Kingston upon Hull (circa 1688), by Abraham de la Pryme

Administrative / Biographical History

Abraham de la Pryme was born at Hatfield near Goole in 1672 and was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, taking his degree in 1694. He was a keen antiquarian and historian and wrote a history of Hatfield upon his return there after Cambridge. In 1698 he was appointed curate of Holy Trinity church in Hull and spent the next three years writing a history of his new town. The resultant History of Kingston upon Hull is the first history of Hull and it contains vivid and very useful information about Hull and the English civil wars and the role played in them by Sir John Hotham. Abraham de la Pryme was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1702 and would most certainly have gone on to be one of the most prolific local historians of his generation had he not died prematurely in 1704.

Access Information

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Purchased from E Bocking of Norwich between 17 November 1949 and 2 October 1951

Related Material

Other copies of this text see U DP5/1 and C DMX/132

Autographed volume on heraldry by Abraham de la Pryme [Ref C DMX/216]

'Sketch of the Ancient History of Kingston upon Hull' (1873) [Ref U DX32/1]

Notes for Gillett and MacMahon's A History of Hull [Ref U DX239/1 see also U DX170/1]


  • Abraham de la Pryme, The diary of Abraham de la Pryme the Yorkshire antiquary, Surtees Society (1870)
  • Meadley, John M, Abraham de la Pryme: Hull's first historian, Malet Lambert Local History Originals, 23 (1985)