The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Department stores

BHS – Hull

Nominated by: Leigh Bird
Have C20 acted upon before? yes
Region: North East
Former names: Former Co-op
Dates from: 1961
Built for: CES
Architect: Philip Andrews
Listed: No but Three Ships mural on front Grade II
Features of merit: Alan Boyson’s Three Ships, Fish and Geometric Sponge Print Tile murals.

BHS, Hull

Credit: Esther Johnson 

The former co-operative store at 32-38 Jameson St in Hull was built in 1961 to designs by Philip Andrews. At the principal entrance at the corner of Jameson Street and Waltham Street is the colossal Three Ships mural by Alan Boyson which was Grade II listed in 2019 (see its list entry here). The store is also home to a fish mural and geometric print mural, also created by Boyson.

Hull City Council plans to demolish the former store. The Grade II mural will be retained in-situ and restored, and the two other Boyson murals will be incorporated in the new development. For more information on the local campaign, follow @BHSMuralHull on Twitter and explore the SHIPS in the SKY project here. Last update: September 2021.

Three Ships mural

Credit: Esther Johnson 

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