We are deeply rooted in our region’s history and Drapers are proud to have a major role within both the local and regional community. With a heritage dating back to 1922, we continue today to play a major part in the community.
There are numerous projects that we have been involved with over the years, that reflect both our changing times and historic events that now shape the age we live in.
At Drapers, we have not only commissioned projects of our own but have also been involved in projects that are of historic significance in our community in terms of how they have shaped the economic landscape of the region today.
One of our own projects which we are especially proud of was the work we carried out on a locomotive now called the ‘Alderman Albert Draper’, a 1930’s steam engine. We saved this locomotive from being scrapped over 40 years ago.
In a long and eventful journey, the ‘Alderman Albert Draper’ was restored to its former glory and given a new lease of life. Originally housed at the old Dairycoates Railway Depot in Hull, before spending ten years at Binbrook in Lincolnshire, the locomotive then became a tourist hit on the Great Central Railway and national network.
In the years between 1972 and 1981, we worked on a project which saw many trawlers broke up for scrap. This was a sad and difficult task for us, based on the strong fishing history in Hull. However the trawlers were decommissioned as they were no longer viable as a result of strict exclusion zones introduced after the Cod Wars. This left Hull Trawlers lying around idle and their crews without work.
Drapers played a historic role in the aftermath of the Cod Wars as owners sold their trawlers for scrap to take advantage of the Governments’s decommissioning fund. A hard task for all involved, as we were asked to break up around 30 trawlers at Victoria Dock Slipway in Hull between 1972 and 1981, including six Silver Cod winners.
For more information about our heritage projects, please contact us.