Hull’s newest footbridge is to be named after Dr Mary Murdoch and will be officially known as Murdoch Connection.
The name has been chosen by Newland School for Girls and Archbishop Sentamu Academy students following an essay competition to determine which of the city’s iconic figures should be tributed.
The bridge which is being part-funded with a £4 million contribution from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth fund program is set to open for public use this autumn and will link Hull’s city centre to the marina.
The bridge provides easy access to and from Hull’s cultural quarter, including the famous Fruit Market, Humber Street Gallery, and the picturesque waterfront.
The bridge crosses the A63 dual carriageway, allowing not only for pedestrians and cyclists to safely pass over the busy road, but the structure will also ease congestion.
“As the country continues to battle the biggest public health crisis in many years, it is fitting that we have this opportunity to honour our first female GP. Dr Murdoch did so much for this city, from being a surgeon for sick children to founding Hull Women’s Suffrage Society. We are delighted to immortalise her in this way.” says Highways England senior project manager James Leeming.
Once House Surgeon at the Victoria Hospital for Sick Children on Park Street, Dr Murdoch passed away at the age of 51 in 1916. Murdoch was the most popular choice between a number of extraordinary figures in Hull’s history, including that of campaigner and “headscarf revolutionist” Lillian Bilocca, politician and philanthropist William Wilberforce, Julia Lee, the first woman officiate to referee men’s rugby league games in the United Kingdom, and heroic World War Two veteran Thomas Ransom.