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Hunting the Hedon clues!

Amateur sleuths toured Hedon’s town centre streets on Bank Holiday Monday trying to crack the Thompson Code….

TWENTY SIX teams took part in the Hedon Treasure Hunt organised by Hedon Town Council on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday on 26th May 2014.

Twenty five clues took participants on a tour of Hedon’s main historic town centre streets.  The clues were set by town councillor David Thompson and they really tested the observation skills of those taking part.

The treasure hunt was due to last an hour and half – but some competitors did a second circuit after missing clues on their first trek.

Some of the clues were quite easy to decipher and discover the answers to; but others led to lots of head-scratching and puzzled looks as teams tried to crack the Councillor Thompson Code!!

The answer to the Market Hill clue ‘When were children first bored at school?’ was quickly discovered by most.

Yaay! Clue solved!
Yaay! Clue solved!

Rob and Hayley Kingswood were taking their son Evan around the route. They were wondering if a Mr Fletcher might have been the ‘person who lived down the street in the middle ages’. This was a bonus question testing local knowledge.

Hayley said of the Treasure Hunt: “We’re quite new to Hedon, so this has been a really good way to get to know the place.”

Rob, Hayley and Evan Kingswood on Fletchergate
The Kingswood family thought Mr Fletcher might be of historic importance?

Mollie Roberts, was on the hunt with her Mum, and was convinced she’d discovered one of the ‘crouching demons’ on New Road.

Mollie Roberts and Crouching Demon
Mollie Roberts: “I’ve found a crouching demon”

The ‘Treasure’ being hunted by those attempting to solve the clues was a gift voucher. We’ll let you know later who won, and whether anyone became the ‘Treasure Hunt Mastermind’ and answered all the questions!?

The Treasure Hunt had been planned by Councillors David Thompson and Di Storr, but others (Councillors Neil Black, Sarah Rommell and Terry West) also helped out on the day acting as safety marshalls to ensure safe crossing of Hedon’s busy roads. The Hedon Mayor and Mayoress were present at Alexandra Hall to add their support to the event and greet family team members.

Other comments have been received via the Blog:

Louise said: “What a wonderful day. Many thanks to councillor Rommell who went to the shop to provide drinks for the children.”

Jim Uney congratulated the Events Committee of Hedon Town Council “Congratulations in organising this entertaining event, and took note of the provision of Safety Marshalls at strategic points on the route. We hope that it was a successful fund raiser and is repeated next year.”

The Treasure Hunt is one in a series of community events organised by Hedon Town Council’s events committee. A ‘Hedon History Walk’ takes place on Sunday 22nd June and two events take place in July, Hedon in Bloom is judged on Saturday 5th and a Fun Run on Sunday 20th.

The proceeds from each community event helps subsidise the next one.

6 thoughts on “Hunting the Hedon clues!

  1. Sorry Paul.s

    But I am almost certain that “Draper’s” Lane was not called after this particular trade!
    It was named “Draper’s” in memory of Albert Edward Draper, of Hedon, a former Alderman, Mayor and Councillor. He was the founder of the still successful Drapers Metal Merchants of Raven Street, Hull, building the business, after going round collecting scrap metal etc as a teenager on a handcart.

    He lived in Sheriff Highway, owed a Rolls Royce, was a Director of Hull KR. His company are still the owners of a ‘Black Five’ Steam Loco, that AED bought when his firm were tasked with the job of cutting up redundant locos to be scrapped.
    In 2013, this Loco was on show at the NRM in York, prior to the grand gathering of the six remaining A4 locomotives.

    Incidentally, I agree, though, with all of your other remarks.

    Malc Ripley.

    1. Hi yes Drapers Lane was named after Mr A Draper and did you all know he started out with just a cart and went street to street as he would always say where there is muck there is brass and he was right. He was Lord Mayor a few times so you are right that’s where the name came from for Drapers Lane

  2. Regarding “Fletchers” Gate, the old word used to mean an Arrow maker, but I vaguely remember that “Fletchers ” Gate generally referred to Butchers or Meat producers, in that vicinity when Hedon was first a Borough, unless our local historians can put me right!??
    Go on , prove me wrong, or call at the Hedon Museum in the morning on Wed am when I’m on duty, folks………
    Malc.

    1. The origin of some of the street names
      in Hedon:-
      St.Augustines Gate named after church
      Fletchergate- a fletcher is a butcher
      Baxtergate- a baxter is a lady baker
      Souttergate- a soutter is a shoe maker
      Distaff Lane- distaff used in spinning
      Drapers Lane- clothes shops were here
      Sheriff Highway- named after the Shire
      Reeve,tax collector
      St.Nicholas Gate- once a church site
      Church Lane formerly Walkergate street
      of Medieval Hedoners
      ‘walked’newly made cloth
      Wayfbain- wafer bread made here
      George Street- after a former mayor
      Magdalen Gate- site of a former church
      Ivy Lane- named after Iveson family
      Brevere Road- after Drogo de Brevere
      a Lord of Hedon
      Fleet Garth- named after stream that
      ran through Hedon
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    2. Hi Malc/Paul – That’s my understanding as well: The street was named after butchers or ‘fleshers’ which is why today its alternative name is Flechwares Gate.
      Fletcher Gate street nameplate shows alternative name

  3. Amazingly TWO TEAMS achieved ‘Treasure Hunt Mastermind’ status scoring a maximum 26 points!

    The teams were:-

    “Uney`s Unique Code Crackers”

    “Witty City”

    Cllr David Thompson reports great feedback from those taking part and hopefully a similar event can be organised next year – with different clues of course!

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