Nestled next to one of Hull's busiest roads is a street that still bears the scars of the Second World War.

The terrace homes Field Street off Holderness Road are located close to the disused East Hull Pools and public library near where a bomb demolished buildings and left a gap still visible after 80-years.

Devastatingly, Hull was one of the heaviest bombed cities in the War, with more than 1,000 lives lost and thousands of homes and properties destroyed. Marks etched onto buildings in terraces like Field Street reflect the tragic past that we should never forget.

At first glance you might not always tell of the destruction that rained across East Hull and came close to wiping out Field Street.

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Field Street off Holderness Road

Strolling down the street of terraced homes, there are some signs of wear and tear on the brickwork, but many are well kept and freshly painted.

It is clearly a spot where many residents have decided to renovate, with several vans dotted along the street and workmen popping in and out of homes with tools and ladders to aid with home improvement.

Even though it is close to the hustle and bustle of the main road, there are tranquil green spaces dotted down the alleys with benches to relax on and a calm feel in the air and a beautiful view out to Hull Minster from certain vantage points.

But what is it like to be a resident in the previously bombed road?

Hull Live reporter Anna Riley spoke to neighbours on Field Street to find out what it's like to live on the former war torn street.

'It's a street that's constantly changing'

Peter Long has lived on Field Street since 1970

Peter Long bought his 1890s home for £670 when he first moved to Field Street 51 years ago and says that a bomb went off nearby the top of the street behind the Ambassador Club during the war.

According to Peter, the bomb damaged the roofing of properties and cracked them, and that some houses were razed to the ground during a council regeneration of the area in 1986.

He used funding to transform his three storey house and has maintained its traditional features with a 15ft double twist staircase and a new kitchen and floors.

"A bomb dropped near the top of the street but the houses still here are structurally sound," said Mr Long.

"It's a street that is constantly changing. There used to be all sorts of shops down here and a swimming baths that's now being transformed into flats, that will look in keeping with the rest of the homes.

"It was a deprived area at one time and run down but many of the houses have now been renovated and it is like going back in time to their original features.

"Instead of flattening all the homes, the council gave renovation grants to regenerate the area and knocked down some of the terraces to make more room."

Mr Long says that there is a great community feel in the street, with many generations growing up and moving into other homes in Field Street to raise their families.

There is green space amongst the homes

"It’s a very close community and famous families lived down here called the Burys - you get waves of families coming and going but many stay and don’t move.

"People talk to one another get to know people’s business and look out for each other.

"But my favourite thing about living here is that I love the location and can walk into town in about 10 to 15 minutes."

'I miss old Hull and how it used to be'

Barry Jenson has lived down the street for more than 20 years

Barry Jenson, 73, has lived down the street for more than 22 years and is happy in his home, but misses "old Hull".

He says that his home was significantly re-built after the war and remembers the hubbub of Holderness Road when it was filled with trolley buses and thriving with industry.

Mr Jenson spent spent 25 years working at the nearby Eltherington Aluminium and has fond memories of how the city used to be.

"The are is changing all the time but I miss old Hull and how it used to be with the old trolley buses and the train going to Withernsea," he said.

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"It’s nice and quiet on this street and I'm happy but always think back to how it used to be and don't think it has necessarily changed for the better with new transport a load of the pubs gone - not that we can go to them at the moment anyway."

'People are tribal on this street'

John has lived on Field Street for more than 20 years and says even though his house is structurally sound, he has noticed that some homes have been rebuilt.

He gets on well with his neighbours, and says there is some crime, but that he has never been bothered by it.

The swimming pool pumping station on Field Street

"People are tribal on this street. They move here and they stay here and then their children do and so on," said John.

"I own my house and it's really affordable to buy but also a low rent area with lots of rental property.

"I find it quiet keep myself to myself and get the odd few that can cause problems that are wrong uns but they don't bother me.

"There was bomb activity during the war and I’ve seen that, but the houses are sound.

"Nobody bothers you, the council tax is cheap and I'm fortunate to have good neighbours, but I wouldn't tolerate anything else."

'Our home is fully renovated'

Laura moved into her Field Street property recently and is pleased with its renovation.

She said: "I don't know much about the history of the house but me and my family were lucky when we moved in as the property - it's out first home and had been fully renovated by the previous owners.

Hull Live reporter Anna Riley

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"We don’t have any problems and haven't lived here too long but it's nice and quiet.

"We know our neighbours and everyone gets along."

More than 5,000 houses were destroyed and half of the city centre destroyed as a result of the Nazi Luftwaffe raids and the cost of bomb damage was estimated at £20m.

Hull was the target of the first daylight raid of the war and the last piloted air raid on Britain and was on alert for 1,000 hours.

It is a city that was initially forgotten after the war and our role is often still downplayed nationally, but the marks that our buildings still bear hark back to the devastation Hull faced.

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