Hull is a city within the East Riding of Yorkshire which was renamed Kingston upon Hull by King Edward I in 1299. Hull currently has an estimated resident population of over 260,000 people.
Hull's economy was hit quite hard in the aftermath of the Second World War and many of its buildings were destroyed in the bombing. Hull entered into a long period of post industrial decline, with which the city gained an unfortunate reputation. Since then, Hull has undergone extensive economic and urban regeneration and is a popular place to live and work.
The Humber Quays development was a £165 million regeneration project which has gained the city World Trade Centre status. The project created high quality office space to enable businesses to grow and develop within the city. Key industries in the city which generate wide employment include the chemical and healthcare industries, as well as these the retail sector does very well in the city.
Famous names from Hull include Philip Larkin, who worked as a librarian at the University of Hull and is very well known for his poetry; many of his poems were based around the city of Hull. The historical figure William Wilberforce, who was a Member of Parliament in the 18th Century and an integral figure in the abolition of slavery, is a much celebrated former resident of the city.
Hull has two main shopping centres: Prince's Quay and the more recent addition, St Stephen's shopping centre. The University of Hull has a student population of about 20,000 which are split over the two campuses in Hull and Scarborough, with the majority of students studying at the main Hull campus. Hull has some very popular tourist destinations which include the historic old town and the Museum Quarter. Also the world's only submarium, The Deep is found within Hull.
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