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Kingston upon Hull, usually referred to as Hull, is a City status in the United Kingdom and unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.It stands on the River Hull at its junction with the Humber, 25 miles (40 km) inland from the North Sea.
Renamed ''Kings town upon Hull'' by Edward I of England in 1299, the town and city of Hull has served as market town, trading hub, fishing and whaling centre, and industrial metropolis.
Hull was an early theatre of battle in the First English Civil War. Its 18th-century Member of Parliament, William Wilberforce, played a key role in the abolition of the slave trade in Britain.
The city is unique in the UK in having had a municipally-owned telephone system from 1902, sporting cream, not red, red telephone box.
After suffering heavy damage during the World War II, Hull weathered a period of post-industrial society. The economic crisis since 2008 has caused some setbacks to these developments.
Hull has been the base for several notable poets, including former University of Hull Librarian Philip Larkin, many of whose poems were set in the city. Established tourist attractions include the historic Old Town and Museum Quarter, the Marina and The Deep (aquarium), a city landmark. The redevelopment of one of Hull's main thoroughfares, Ferensway, included the opening of St. Stephen's Hull and the new Hull Truck Theatre. Spectator sporting activities include professional association football and two rugby league clubs. The KC Stadium houses the football club and one rugby club.
The local accent differs markedly in its vowels from that of the rest of Yorkshire, and the rhythm of speech bears a similarity to that of Lincolnshire, to which it was briefly linked in the defunct county of Humberside.