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Thomas Ferens


Thomas FerensFerens arrived in Hull during 1868, to work for Reckitt's of which became Director and Chairman. He served as the Liberal MP for Hull between 1906 to 1918. He was made a freeman of the city and appointed Privy Councillor.

Amongst his many gifts to the city was the money and site for the Ferens Art Gallery, the land for the East Park and Boating Lake and the YPI Recreation Ground. He was a director of Garden Village and the founder of the University College, (University of Hull). He left Holderness House, his personal residence, as a home for 'gentle-women'.

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