11 Facts About Humber


Ports on the Humber include the Port of Hull, the Port of Grimsby and the Port of Immingham; there are lesser ports at New Holland and North Killingholme Haven.

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In Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th-century chronicle, the Humber is named for "Humber the Hun", an invader who drowned there during battle in the earliest days of the chronicle.

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Humber remained an important boundary throughout the Anglo-Saxon period, separating Northumbria from the southern kingdoms.

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Line of the bridge is similar to an ancient ferry route from Hessle to Barton upon Humber, which is noted in the Domesday Book and in a charter of 1281.

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Humber Forts were built in the mouth of the river for the First World War.

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Humber started his trek on the north bank at Brough; four hours later, he emerged on the south bank at Whitton.

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Humber's crossed the Humber from Hull to New Holland Pier swimming the distance in 50 minutes, 6 minutes slower than the existing men's record.

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Since then, an organised group crossing at the Humber Bridge has become an annual event, with a small number of pre-selected swimmers crossing in a 'pod' which remains close together, in aid of Humber Rescue.

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Humber raised over £900 for Humber Rescue, who provided safety support during the swim.

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Many fish live in and migrate along the Humber when returning from the sea to their spawning grounds in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

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The Humber is a good place for over-wintering birds and is a good breeding ground for bitterns, marsh harriers, little terns and avocets.

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