Social media is a powerful thing and the Hull History Facebook pages are no exception, particularly for community action.
Jane Hitchin started a post on the Facebook page Old Hull about saving a building that’s been on Hull’s skyline since the 19th century; the Hull Braves’ Guild.
The picture at the top was of a wonderful old red brick building with the words The Hull Braves Guild painted across the front.
You can see the photo in this post and follow the link to the Facebook page above.
Reading down, it appears that this building was slated to be demolished on 22nd August unless the planning committee decides otherwise.
I was particularly shocked by this decision as The Hull Braves Guild is also part of the story of Mira Johnson and The House of Mirelle.
The Braves Guild raised money to advise, help and house disabled and older people of Hull. It had an 112 year history and closed in December 2010.
This was written as a way of preserving the House of Mirelle’s link to Hull Braves.
Mira was a lifelong and selfless personality in the landscape of Hull’s charitable organisations.
Throughout her life she worked to benefit charity including The Hull Braves Guild.
Public donations came from her staging large theatrical fashion shows that took place – mostly – in locations in Hull including The New York Hotel and Guildhall.
On 12th December 1950 a fashion show called ‘Frills For Festivities’ was held at Guildhall which benefited the Hull Braves Guild. It was staged on the suggestion of the then Sheriff’s Lady Mrs F L Bailey.
On 29/11/1951 again at the request of the then Sheriff’s Lady L Rosen, another House Of Mirelle fashion show took place at Guildhall which, again, benefited Hull Braves Guild.
They were large scale public events with considerable attention paid to them and full houses in terms of attendance.
Both occasions speak to the importance of Hull Braves Guild in the minds of the public officials and the public at this time.
It is unthinkable that the building that housed the charity could be demolished. It is a vital part of Hull’s social history and must remain.
The link between Mirelle, Mira and The Braves Guild is one that speaks to its relevance to Hull’s history overall.
I think she would be outraged and hurt on behalf of those the charity helped.
Once gone, this building will never be replaced.
She would be standing at the front of the crowd saying in her passionate lead-from-the-front simplicity, that the building absolutely must be allowed to remain.
©Carrie Henderson 2016.