Punch Hotel

The Punch Hotel in Kingston Upon Hull is one of those rather florid, excessively ornate late Victorian structures boasting Britain’s global dominance. Dating to 1895, every inch of its architecture grins with confidence, as does Mr Punch, who features on the pub’s sign. Mr Punch comes from the Italian comedy character Pulcinella and his wife, originally a Joan, became a Judy. The two engage in various tantrums, sometimes with violent results, much to children’s and seasiders’ delight. The first modern version of dates to May 1662, and was part of the theatrical renaissance the nation enjoyed after Cromwell’s godly experiment. I dare say many a denizen of Hull has enjoyed a domestic in, or close by, this establishment, with Joans and Judys giving as good as they got. The brewers and landlords who built this property profited from such booze-induced squabbles and altercations, and like the marionettes, it is often the baby who suffers most.

Wine is a mocker,

Strong drink is a brawler,

And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Proverbs 20:1