Rank Hovis Clarence Mill, Clarence Street, Hull, 2013 • And this is the reason I went to Hull – to catch this monolith before it gets knocked down, which is due any time soon (no chance of it getting turned into an art gallery like Newcastle’s Baltic Mill, another 1950s Rank edifice). Shotwell, the towering gun cartridge factory opposite, is also on land which used to be occupied by Clarence Mills. Designed by Joseph Rank’s friend Alfred Gelder and opened 1891, the entire complex was bombed in 1941 then rebuilt around the Victorian silos in 1952, so is mainly newer than it looks. Saying it was too costly to update, Rank closed it in 2005; it’s now owned, like Hull’s fine ex-Co-Op, by developers Manor, who say they want to build student apartments and a casino. Very sad: founder Joseph Rank (father of movie mogul J. Arthur Rank) was a major local philanthropist, and this is a piece of Hull’s industrial heritage. Until about 2009, the interior and its beautiful old wooden machines remained in fairly good nick, and was fortunately extensively documented by urban explorers (such as here and here). But it’s now trashed and dangerous, as these more recent photos show.