3D Visualisation of Beverley Gate, Hull c.1642
Software used: Blender and PhotoshopWith my local Hull being UK City of Culture 2017 I thought it would be fitting to digitally recreate one of the city’s most historic landmarks- Beverley Gate.
At present, the gate’s structural remains can be seen at the west end of Whitefriargate, Hull. For years the remains have been a much overlooked heritage asset, however thanks to a public opinion campaign and talks of regeneration the structural remains are now a designated National Monument (see Beverley Gate listing on Historic England).
Beverley Gate has a fascinating story and is one of high historical significance.
On the 23rd April 1642, the gate was the location where Hull’s Governor, John Hotham, and his son (also named John Hotham) refused Charles I entry into the city- as a result being one of the catalystic moments of the English Civil War (and the subsequent executions of the Hotham father and son).
It is a well-known story and gives the site national importance.
My visualisation of Beverley Gate is based on both artist impressions, archival and secondary source material, held at the Hull History Centre, Hull Museums and the East Riding Archives, and reconstructs the gatehouse as it was around 1642- this means it will be a complete architectural structure and not the romanticised version which you can see in George Arnald’s lovely painting “Charles I Demanding Entrance at the Beverley Gate, Hull“, c1819- though I’d love to model this version too!
As an architectural historian my focus is mainly on the building fabric, plan and style but my scenes are devoid from human population for the ‘uncanny valley’ reason. Charles I being refused entry into the city by the Hothams would provide more of a historical context to the scene but it will add many more hours of modelling and research.
A publication which provided particularly helpful information was “Beverley gate, the birthplace of the English Civil War” (1990) by David Evans and Bryan Sitch, featuring a line drawing interpretation which this 3D model is mostly based on- including the Dutch architectural influence, gables and structural form of the two guard chambers.
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