It doesn’t appear to matter what you call it, Hull or Kingston upon Hull. You won’t find it indexed in 'Never Had it So Good: History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles', or 'White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties', or 'A History of Modern Britain' (“Superbly authoritative”), and very little mention of the city in 'The North' ("and almost everything in it").
In 1927 H. V. Morton went in search of England and couldn’t find Hull. When W.S Percy strolled through England in 1935 he wasn’t as observant as he might have been. He couldn't find Hull either, even though Baedeker in his 1937 'invasion' edition of 'Great Britain' estimated the city had 314,000 inhabitants. Morton had another go in 1942 and, despite seeing Two Englands, couldn’t find it in either of them. It was still missing in 1964 when Arnold Fellows wrote a travellers companion to England and Wales. In fairness, he must have read Morton and Percy and came to the conclusion that Hull must be something akin to a North Sea Atlantis - a nice idea but highly improbable. In 1981 Richard West fared no better in his English Journey. Michael Wood promised to be more rigorous, undertaking journeys into the English past. But it still wasn't to be found. I began to wonder if Hull was a fiction. Winifred Holtby’s South Riding was a figment of her imagination. Maybe the three years I thought I'd spent in Hull were a figment of mine. Or maybe it was just too scary a place for law abiding travel writers to venture. Pax Romana stopped at the South Bank of the Humber and that was clearly a warning from History.
Then I came across my 1943 copy of Walter Wilkinson’s ‘Puppets in Yorkshire’, where Walter was ‘Caught in Hull’ for eleven whole pages and, as often happens, the next reference quickly followed, Priestley’s 1933 ‘English Journey’ with another eleven pages. So Hull does exist after all, indeed, it must do, as it is the UK’s City of Culture 2017. But where is it? Maybe I had been looking in the wrong place. So, I decided to look in The Land of Green Ginger and Terry Street.