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Coordinates: 53°33′34″N 0°04′05″W / 53.5595°N 0.0680°W / 53.5595; -0.0680

Grimsby Dock Tower.jpg
Grimsby Dock Tower
Grimsby is located in Lincolnshire

 Grimsby shown within Lincolnshire
Population 87,574 
OS grid reference TA279087
Unitary authority North East Lincolnshire
Ceremonial county Lincolnshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRIMSBY
Postcode district DN31 - DN34, DN35, DN37
Dialling code 01472
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Great Grimsby
List of places: UK • England • Lincolnshire

Grimsby (or archaically Great Grimsby) is a seaport on the Humber Estuary in Lincolnshire, England. It has been the administrative centre of the unitary authority area of North East Lincolnshire since 1996. According to legend, Grimsby was first founded by Grim, a Danish fisherman. 'By' means 'village' in Old Norse and 'city' or 'town' in the modern Danish language. The town was previously titled "Great Grimsby" to distinguish it from Little Grimsby, a village about 14 miles (22 km) to the south, near Louth. People from Grimsby are called Grimbarians.[1]

The town itself has a population of 87,574.[2] It is physically linked to the adjoining town of Cleethorpes, and 11,000 of its inhabitants live in the village of Scartho which was absorbed into Grimsby before laws on the Green Belt were put in place. All three areas come under the jurisdiction of the same council, North East Lincolnshire. It is close to the main terminus of the A180, which ends in Cleethorpes. 22 January is Great Grimsby Day[1].




Grimsby was founded by the Danes in the 9th century AD, although there is some evidence of a small town of Roman workers sited in the area some seven centuries earlier. Located on The Haven, which flowed into the Humber, Grimsby would have provided an ideal location for ships to shelter from approaching storms. It was also well situated for the rich fishing grounds in the North Sea.

The name Grimsby probably originated from the Grim's by, or "Grim's Village". This is based on Grim the Danish Viking, supposedly the founder of the town, with the suffix -by being the Old Norse word for village. For more on the legendary founding of Grimsby see the Lay of Havelock the Dane. This is only one explanation of the founding of Grimsby, and is completely unsupported, being a legend. There is however a Grim and Havelock Association which has produced evidence to back up the legend.

In Norse Mythology, 'Grim' (Mask) and 'Grimnir' (Masked One) are names adopted by the deity Odin (Anglo-Saxon 'Woden') when traveling incognito amongst mortals, as in the short poem known as 'Grimnir's Sayings' (Grimnismal) in the Poetic Edda [3], so the intended audience of the Havelock tale (recorded much later in the form of The Lay of Havelock the Dane) may have implicitly understood the fisherman Grim to be Odin in disguise. The Odinic name 'Grimr/Grim' occurs in many English placenames within the historical Danelaw and elsewhere in Britain, examples being the numerous earthworks named Grimsdyke [4]. Every other British placename containing the element Grim- is explained as a reference to Woden/Odin (e.g. Grimsbury, Grimspound, Grime's Graves, Grimsditch, Grimsworne), so one may argue that 'Grimsby' is unlikely to have a different derivation.

Grimsby is listed in the Domesday Book, having a population of around 200, a priest, a mill and a ferry (probably to take people across the Humber, to Hull.

It also appears in the Orkneyinga Saga in this Dróttkvætt stanza by the Viking Rǫgnvald Kali:

Vér hǫfum vaðnar leirur   vikur fimm megingrimmar;
saurs vara vant, er várum,   viðr, í Grímsbœ miðjum.
Nú'r þat's más of mýrar   meginkátliga látum
branda elg á bylgjur   Bjǫrgynjar til dynja.
"We have waded in mire for five terrible weeks; there was no lack of mud where we were, in the middle of Grimsby. But now away we let our beaked elk [= ship] resound meerily on the waves over the seagull's swamp [= sea] to Bergen."

During the 12th century, Grimsby developed into a fishing and trading port, at one point ranking twelfth in importance to the Crown in terms of tax revenue. The town was granted its charter by King John in 1201 The first mayor was installed in 1218.

Grimsby does not have town walls. It was too small and was protected by the marshy land around it. However, the town did have a ditch. In medieval times, Grimsby had two parish churches, St Mary's and St James'. Only St James' now remains. St James' shares with Lincoln Cathedral the folk tale of an Imp who played tricks in the church and was turned into stone by an angel (see Lincoln Imp).

In the 15th century, The Haven began to silt up, preventing ships in the Humber from docking. As a result, Grimsby entered a long period of decline which lasted until the late 18th century. In 1801 , the population of Grimsby numbered 1,524, around the same size that it had been in the Middle Ages.

Fishing and maritime industry

In the early 19th century, the town grew rapidly. The Great Grimsby Haven Company was formed by Act of Parliament in May 1796 (the Grimsby Haven Act) for the purpose of "widening, deepening, enlarging, altering and improving the Haven of the Town and Port of Great Grimsby". Grimsby's port boomed, importing iron, timber, wheat, hemp and flax. New docks were necessary to cope with the expansion. The Grimsby Docks Act of 1845 allowed the necessary building works.

Alexandra Docks and National Fishing Heritage Museum

The Dock Tower was completed in 1851, followed by The Royal Dock in 1852. No.1 Fish Dock was completed in 1856, followed by No.2 Fish Dock in 1877. Alexandra Dock and Union Dock followed in 1879. During this period the fishing fleet was greatly expanded.

The arrival of the railway in 1848 made it far easier to transport goods to and from the port. Coal mined in the South Yorkshire coal fields was brought by rail and exported through Grimsby. The population of Grimsby grew from 75,000 in 1901 to 92,000 by 1931 but then remained fairly static for the rest of the 20th century. [2]

The former Humber ferry, PS Lincoln Castle, is moored in Alexandra Dock. It used to be a pub\restaurant, but now lies adjacent to Corporation Bridge, its future very much uncertain. Also in the dock is the Ross Tiger, a trawler which can be toured in the summer as part of the Fishing Heritage centre.

World War II

During World War II, Grimsby's status as a major port made it a focus of the German Luftwaffe. They used the Dock Tower as a landmark and refused to bomb it (the British Government discussed its demolition to prevent its use as a navigational aid). It was later revealed that had the German invasion been successful Grimsby would have been one of the first landing points in the north of England due to the combination of its location and its infrastructure. This was probably one reason why the town suffered significantly less bombing raids than neighbouring fishing port Hull whose geographical location would have made it harder to reach. However, Grimsby was still hit by numerous air raids during the war and 197 people were killed. Grimsby was also the first place in Great Britain to have the Butterfly Bomb used against it by the Luftwaffe in 1943, devastating many areas.

The Royal Dock was used as the UK's largest base for minesweepers, to patrol the North Sea. Minesweepers are military vessels using deep-sea trawling methods. There is a memorial next to the dock.

In reference to modern-day minesweeping, HMS Grimsby is a Sandown class minehunter (commissioned in 1999) currently in service in the Royal Navy.

Local government

Great Grimsby
Great Grimsby as a Borough of Humberside
Status Town Charter Granted 1201
Municipal Borough (1835-1889)
County Borough (1889-1974)
Borough (1974-1996)
1911 area 2,868 acres (11.61 km2)
1961 area 5,881 acres (23.80 km2)
HQ Grimsby
Created 1835
Abolished 1996
Succeeded by North East Lincolnshire
Arms of Great Grimsby Borough Council

Great Grimsby formed an ancient Borough in the North Riding of Lincolnshire, Parts of Lindsey.[5] It was reformed by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 and became a Municipal Borough in that year.[6] In 1889 a County Council was created for Lindsey, but Great Grimsby was outside its area of control and formed an independent County Borough in 1891.[6] The Borough expanded to absorb the adjacent hamlet of Wellow (1889), also the neighbouring parishes of Clee-with-Weelsby (1889), Little Coates (1928), Scartho (1928), Weelsby (1928) and Great Coates (1968). It had its own police force until 1967 when it merged with the Lincolnshire force.[7]

In 1974, the County Borough was abolished[6] and Great Grimsby was reconstituted (with the same boundaries) as the Grimsby non-metropolitan district in the new county of Humberside by the Local Government Act 1972. The district was renamed Great Grimsby in 1979. Local government in the area came under the review of the Local Government Commission for England and Humberside was abolished in 1996. The former area of the Great Grimsby district merged with that of Cleethorpes to form the unitary authority of North East Lincolnshire.[8] The town does not have its own town council, instead there is a board of Charter Trustees. During 2007, in the struggle for identity, it was suggested that the district could be renamed to something like Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes to give a stronger indication of the towns the district consists of. This didn't meet with favourable comment among local residents, and the Council Leader dropped the idea a year later[9]


Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes, together form the economic area known as Greater Grimsby.[10] The main sectors of the Greater Grimsby economy are food and drink; ports and logistics; renewable energy; chemicals and process industries and digital media.

Europe’s food town

Grimsby is indelibly linked with the sea fishing industry, which once gave the town much of its wealth. At its peak in the 1950s, it was the largest and busiest fishing port in the world.[11] However as a result of the Cod Wars with Iceland this industry has been in decline for many years. It is still home to the largest fish market in the UK although most of what is sold is now brought overland from other ports or Iceland via containerisation.

Today, Greater Grimsby is home to around 500 food-related companies making it one of the largest concentrations of food manufacturing, research, storage and distribution in Europe. As a result the local council has promoted the town as Europe's Food Town for nearly twenty years.[12]

Grimsby is recognised as the main centre of the UK fish processing industry. In recent years, this expertise has led to diversification into all forms of frozen and chilled foods and consequently the town is one of the single largest centres of fish processing in Europe. More than 100 local companies are involved in fresh and frozen fish production, the largest of which is the Findus Group, comprising of Young's Seafoods and Findus and whose corporate headquarters are in the town. Young's is a major employer in the area, with some 2,500 people based at its headquarters. From this base, Young’s has a global sourcing operation supplying 60 species from 30 countries.[13]

Other major seafood companies include the Icelandic-owned Coldwater Seafood,[14] employing more than 700 people across its sites in Grimsby and Five Star Fish,[15] a supplier of fish products to the UK foodservice market. The £5.6 million Humber Seafood Institute[16] opened in 2008 and is the first of its kind in the UK. Backed by Yorkshire Forward, North East Lincolnshire Council and the European Regional Development Fund, the HSI is managed by the local council and tenants include the Seafish Industry Authority and Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education. Greater Grimsby is a European centre of excellence in the production of chilled prepared meals, and the area has the largest concentration of cold storage facilities in Europe.[17]

The food production and seafood heritage links are perpetuated in a UK 2006 Young's television advertising campaign emphasising Grimsby as the source of its seafood products. In the campaign, Grimsby Docks are briefly shown, at dusk, lit and shot somewhat romantically. In 2008 this was followed up by further commercials paying reference to the town and its main industry as the company launched a range of Great Grimsby fish-based frozen meals.

UK’s busiest port

The Port of Grimsby and Immingham is the UK’s largest port by tonnage.[18] Its prime deep-water location on the Humber Estuary, gives companies direct access to mainland Europe and beyond. Benefiting from a prime deep-water location on the Humber Estuary, one of Europe’s busiest trade routes, it plays a central role in the commercial life of the UK. The port is operated by Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK's largest and leading ports group. Grimsby and Immingham, and ABP's 19 other ports, form a UK-wide network capable of handling every conceivable type of cargo.

Flood sirens

The Environment Agency has awarded Sheffield-based telemetry company CSE Seprol a contract to supply flood warning devices for risk areas in East Anglia. CSE Seprol provides outstations that control the risk area's flood warning sirens to alert local people of impending severe flooding. The control and monitoring of the sirens is linked by a Seprol S250 telemetry outstation to the Environment Agency's Regional telemetry system.

The 18 sirens, at various locations around the flood risk area of Grimsby and Cleethorpes, should reach 25,500 households to warn them of portending floods. The sirens will only be sounded in the event of the Environment Agency issuing a severe flood warning for tidal flooding or if there is a likelihood of the sea defences being breached. The sirens make a variety of sounds, from the traditional wailing sound to a voice message. The alarms are said to sound like World War II air raid sirens, with an 'all clear' system in place.

In the event of flood siren activation, which can give up to six hours notice of pending floods, residents are advised to go indoors and listen to local radio stations BBC Radio Humberside or Viking FM.

Testing of the sirens takes place annually on 26 October, and residents are not required to take any action.

Places of interest and landmarks

  • Grimsby is the site of a Blue Cross Animal Hospital, one of only four in the country, the other three being situated in London. The Grimsby hospital was previously in Cleethorpe Road, but in 2005 it moved to a new building called 'Coco Markus House' in the town's Nelson Street.


Up to the age of 16, the results in recent years for Grimsby have not been particularly good, being one of the worst areas in England. However, two schools nearby, outside of Grimsby, in New Waltham (Tollbar Business and Enterprise College) and Healing do quite well, performing notably better than all other schools in the Borough. Past the age of 16, for A-level education, Grimsby's Franklin College gets excellent results (as does the Toll Bar College). The Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education, which is located near to Franklin College, operates mainly to educate vocational students and achieves respectable examination results at all levels of adult education. The Institute has attracted a large number of foreign students from China to business studies courses in recent years following on from a tradition which saw many students from overseas taking courses connected with the fishing industry. It has also experimented with local television - Channel 7 Television.

Shopping facilities

The award-winning Freshney Place Shopping Centre[19] in the heart of the town boasts over 70 stores including Marks and Spencer, Binns (House of Fraser) and BHS. It was originally constructed between 1967 and 1971 in a joint venture between the old Grimsby Borough Council and developers Hammerson's UK Ltd. and was known as the Riverhead Centre (so named as the development was adjacent to where the two local rivers, the Freshney and the Haven, meet). Victoria Street is the main shopping street.

The Riverhead Centre development caused some controversy at the time as it followed the 1960s trend of replacing old architecture with new; in this case it involved the wholesale demolition of much of the old town centre including the historic Bull Ring (which is now where Wilkinson's, the Halifax Bank and the St James Hotel are based) and streets going back many centuries including Flottergate (located at the present day entrance to Freshney Place between British Home Stores and the market), Brewery Street (located at the present day entrance to Freshney Place between the branch of Barclays Bank and the offices of the Cheltenham and Gloucester) and East St Mary's Gate (no trace remains).

In 1990 the council agreed to sell the area around the shopping centre, used for surface car parking, to Hammerson's UK Ltd.. The development owner and Humberside County Council, the highway authority at that time, agreed to the sale of the area of Baxtergate, the road which ran to the rear of the shopping centre, between the shopping centre and the surface car park. Baxtergate was relocated alongside the River Freshney and became phase one of the Peaks Parkway. Hammerson's UK Ltd. began a £100 million redevelopment of the site which saw it double in size. The centre was also covered in a glass roof and (where the new extension was built) two multi-storey car parks were constructed at each end of the centre, effectively privatising, roofing and enclosing the old Top Town area of Grimsby. Servicing to the stores was made available from a first floor service area, accessible by even large vehicles, using a ramp at the western end. The ramp also provided access to the car park on the roof of the indoor market which is operated by the local council. In recognition of the design of the new facilities, the Royal Town Planning Institute awarded the scheme a commendation in 1992.

Other developments near the town centre include a new Tesco Extra (the second in the area), the Victoria Mills Retail Park which is home to several chain stores including Next and a B&Q Depot off the Peaks Parkway A16.

Unlike many other towns that have shopping facilities on their outskirts, these (and other similar developments) can be found in and around Grimsby's town centre, making shopping far easier for pedestrians and public transport users, reflecting Grimsby's relatively cheap central commercial land. Other major retailers include the supermarket chains Tesco, Marks & Spencers, Sainsbury's, Asda on Holles Street and Morrison's. The Morrison's store is located just outside the town boundary, in the parish of Laceby, and is peculiarly known as Morrison's Cleethorpes. This is an anomaly arising from when the area was part of the now defunct Cleethorpes Borough. Most major supermarkets in the town have expanded somewhat in the last few years, including a massive extension built at Asda, and more recently another floor was built at Tesco at Hewitts Circus (although this store is technically in the neighbouring conurbation, Cleethorpes).

There are also a number of local, independent specialist stores and the Abbeygate Centre (off Bethlehem Street) is where many are located. Once the head office of local brewers Hewitt Brothers it was renovated in the mid-1980s and is home to a number of restaurants and designer clothing stores. The town also has two markets, one next to Freshney Place and the other in Freeman Street (B1213), itself once a dominant shopping area in the town with close connections to the docks but one that has sadly struggled since the late 1970s.

In March 2007, Henry Boot properties announced a new £30m shopping development adjacent to the existing Freshney Place site. The project will create 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) of retail space and 290 car parking places on land between the River Freshney and Sainsbury's, presently occupied by the former Travis Perkins builders' merchants. As of August 2009 no work has commenced on the proposed development.

A further retail development is planned alongside the planned new stadium for Grimsby Town FC at Great Coates adjacent to the A180, scheduled for completion in mid-2010. As of August 2009 no work has commenced on the proposed development.

Such is the quality of shopping in the area that bus services are run to bring in shoppers from across the county of Lincolnshire, especially from smaller towns such as Louth [20], Brigg, and Scunthorpe [21]


The area has a developed, if somewhat corporate, nightlife. Aside from the nightclubs in nearby Cleethorpes, the town centre has undergone a renaissance in the last decade. A number of national pub chains have redeveloped or opened new outlets, including a specially-built complex at the Riverhead which is home to three (originally five) such operations. Prior to the late 1960s many public houses in the area were owned by the local brewer Hewitt Brothers and gave a distinctive local touch but following a takeover in 1969 by the brewer Bass Charrington these have been re-badged (many times), closed or sold off; examples are the Yarborough Hotel.

Musical entertainment is found at the Grimsby Auditorium, built in 1995, on Cromwell Road in Yarborough near Grimsby Leisure Centre. The smaller Caxton Theatre is on Cleethorpe Road (A180) in East Marsh near the docks. The Caxton Theatre provides entertainment by adults and youths in theatre. A notable theatre company in the area is the Class Act Theatre Company run by local playwright David Wrightam. The company produces strong factual drama and premiere award-winning productions.

North East Lincolnshire Council have installed a Wi-Fi network covering Victoria Street in central Grimsby. The service provides access to the Internet for the general public on a yearly subscription.


Since 1977 Austin Mitchell (Labour) has been the Member of Parliament for the Great Grimsby constituency. Mitchell, a journalist by trade, succeeded in a by-election following the death of the Highgate School-educated incumbent Anthony Crosland, who was elected in 1959 and after several ministerial posts, reached the rank of Foreign Secretary in 1976. Crossland served in the Government of Harold Wilson as Education Minister and Foreign Secretary. He was a champion of comprehensive education, and Whitgift School is situated in the town's Crosland Road.

Other Members of Parliament for Grimsby include the Conservative Party politician William Younger, a member of the Youngers brewing dynasty, elected in 1945. The constituency of Great Grimsby is considered a Labour stronghold although Austin Mitchell held the seat in the 1983 General Election with a majority of less than 1,000.



Grimsby's bus service is provided by Stagecoach which took over the original Grimsby-Cleethorpes Transport in 1993. Grimsby-Cleethorpes Transport had been formed in 1957, with the merger of the previously separate Grimsby and Cleethorpes transport (GCT) undertakings. Stagecoach had all the buses resprayed to their standard livery to replace the buses previous colour-scheme of orange and white. Prior to this, the buses were painted blue and white until 1981, when the colours were changed to caramel and cream. The orange and white livery was introduced in 1987. Until 1982 GCT ran a mixture of crewed and one-person operated services. However, in that year the job of conductor was abolished and the company changed entirely to driver-only services.

In 2005, Stagecoach bought out Lincolnshire Road Car, who provided buses to Killingholme, Louth, Barton-upon-Humber and the Willows Estate. The company is now known as Stagecoach in Lincolnshire. Joint ticketing was allowed with Stagecoach Grimsby-Cleethorpes from May 2006.

From September 2006, a new fleet of low-floor single-decker was introduced, making the fleet an unprecedented 85% low-floor.


Grimsby also has rail links via Grimsby Town railway station and Grimsby Docks railway station. There is a level crossing in the centre of the town across Wellowgate. TransPennine Express provide direct trains to Manchester Airport via Doncaster and Sheffield whilst Northern Rail operate services to Barton-upon-Humber (for buses to Hull) and Lincoln and East Midlands Trains services to Nottingham. The service to Cleethorpes runs at least hourly during the day, along a single track, passing stations at Grimsby Docks and New Clee.

Former trams

Grimsby was home to two tramway networks: the Grimsby District Light Railway and the Grimsby & Immingham Electric Railway. The Grimsby Electric was a normal gauge tramway opened in 1912 between Corporation Bridge at Grimsby and Immingham. There was no physical connection with the railway system. The tramway served the town with a passenger service between Grimsby and Immingham until closure in 1961. It is claimed that once this was controlled by the Corporation, they were more interested in supporting the motorbus service, now number 45.

The Grimsby Light Railway opened in 1881 using horse drawn trams. In 1901, these were replaced with electric tramways. In 1925 the Grimsby Transport Company bought the tramway company and in 1927 moved the depot to the Victoria Street Depot, an old sea plane hangar. This system closed in 1937. The depot continues to be used by Stagecoach, though the old Grimsby Tramways livery is still visible on the front of the building.

Operating in the area until the 1950s was a network of electrically operated trolley buses which received their power from overhead power lines.

In the early years of the new millennium it was suggested that a Tramway system much like the Sheffield Supertram should be built in Grimsby. Various news reports and details of which areas the trams might go through were published, though the project was abandoned due to lack of funding. Currently there are no active plans to bring back this proposed system.


14 miles (23 km) west of Grimsby is Humberside Airport, which mainly caters for charter holidays, and is popular for general aviation, with five flying clubs based there. There are also scheduled flights to Aberdeen and Amsterdam, provided by Eastern Airways and KLM respectively.

Redevelopment and regeneration

Greater Grimsby is undergoing a radical transformation as part of Yorkshire Forward’s Renaissance Towns Programme. The 25-year vision for Grimsby involves making a town which is attractive and an economically and socially desirable place to live, visit, work and play. The aim is to bring new life to the town centre by creating quality surroundings and rejuvenating the historic waterside and docks for the enjoyment of all.[22]


The Grimsby Telegraph, with an audited circulation of 40,533 copies (January-June 2004), has the highest circulation of a local newspaper in Grimsby and the surrounding area since it is the only daily newspaper. Its headquarters are on Cleethorpe Road next to the A180. The local radio stations are BBC Radio Humberside (which has a studio on Victoria Street manned by Lara King), Lincs FM, Viking FM and the exclusively North East Lincolnshire-based Compass FM. The transmitter for Compass FM and EMAP Humberside (Lincs FM DAB) is on top of a block of flats in East Marsh. Terrestrial television coverage based in the area are the BBC who share the radio facilities on Victoria Street and ITV Yorkshire who have a news unit based in Immingham. Channel 7 Television is a satellite and cable-based station which has studios in Immingham and the Grimsby Institute.

Grimsby in the media

  • The old ice factory on Grimsby Docks was used as one of the locations for the film Atonement (2007). Adapted from a novel by Ian McEwan the film stars Keira Knightley.
  • Local actor Thomas Turgoose, was studying at the town's Wintringham School when he starred in the Shane Meadows film, This Is England (2006). Some of the movie was also filmed in the town.
  • Bernie Taupin, who lived in Humberston and Tealby, near Market Rasen, when in his teens, wrote a song called Grimsby that was featured on Elton John's 1974 album "Caribou".
  • Corporation Bridge was featured in the video for the Erasure song "The Circus". It also featured clips showing Cleethorpes' Big Wheel.
  • Grimsby was the location for the 1937 film The Last Adventurers.
  • The town's Scartho Hospital - now Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, as well as the Scartho Cemetery entrance featured in the 1985 film Clockwise, starring John Cleese.
  • Grimsby was featured in the Open University documentary Coast, which despite the food heritage of historic significance, chose to show only a 'fish-finger' production line.
  • A rash of lottery winners in the late 1990s saw the town being officially designated "Winsby" by the Grimsby Evening Telegraph but despite popular support this new name never really caught on.
  • The town went 'Pop Idol mad' in 2003 when Grimsby girl Kim Gee made it into the final 12 of the live TV talent show and in 2006 youngster Georgia Taylor emerged from the smoke and dazzled the nation as the winner of Stars in Their Eyes Kids but later lost out in the live final. Kim Gee now presents a daily radio show called Compass FM, which is broadcast locally.
  • Grimsby also went 'X Factor crazy' when in the first series, G4, a pop quartet with a member from Grimsby, and Verity Keays, a singer from Grimsby, all made final three. Neither Verity nor G4 won the contest, but G4 went on to become a big success.
  • The Grimsby Telegraph also encouraged the town to support Big Brother 6 contestant Derek Laud because in the early 1980s he was once a researcher for Michael Brown, who was then MP for Brigg and Cleethorpes.
  • Grimsby features in the PlayStation 3 videogame Resistance: Fall of Man, where the player has to escape a Chimeran Conversion Centre on the Docks.[23]
  • In January 2001, Nicholas Griffin, the owner of the Little Amsterdam sex shop on Freeman Street was fined £5,800 at York Magistrates Court for four offences under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 because angry customers had complained to Trading Standards officers in York that some of the films he sold were not pornographic enough.
  • A shot of sand flying over Cleethorpes beach is featured on the cover of the album, One Week in Sand, by experimental musician, A Ninja Slob Drew Me
  • In an episode of My Hero, Thermoman prevents an abandoned Russian space station from crashing into the centre of Grimsby.
  • In 1998, Geri Halliwell, one of the Spice Girls, was mobbed in Cleethorpes whilst making an impromptu visit to the town with her then boyfriend, Grimsby born dancer Christian Horsfall. Horsfall had intended to introduce Halliwell to his former dance teacher who was involved in the annual Cleethorpes Dance Festival at the Memeorial Hall, however when they arrived at the venue, they were mobbed by a crowd of festival spectators. The story was subsequently picked up by the national press.


The football team is Grimsby Town F.C., nicknamed 'The Mariners', who play in League Two. Their ground is Blundell Park in Cleethorpes. Due to the club's football grounds being in the neighbouring town it is often joked by locals that it is the only British club that plays away every game. It is the oldest professional football team in the county of Lincolnshire (indeed one of the oldest in the country being formed in 1878 as Grimsby Pelham with a home ground on land off Ainslie Street, Grimsby).

During the 1930s they played in the English First Division, the then highest level of the domestic game in England. They also appeared in two FA Cup semi-finals in this decade, in 1936 (against Arsenal) and 1939 (against Wolverhampton Wanderers). The latter semi-final was held at Old Trafford, Manchester, and the attendance (76,962) is still a record for that stadium.

They also reached an FA Cup quarter-final 1987 and in 1998 won the Auto Windscreens Shield and the second division play-off final. Notable former managers include Bill Shankly and Lawrie McMenemy.

Blundell Park has the oldest stand in English professional football, the Main Stand. It was first opened in 1899 although only the present-day foundations date from this time. The club plan to move to a proposed new stadium, sponsored by ConocoPhillips, at nearby Great Coates in the summer of 2009. This will cost £14m and accommodate 20,000 spectators.

Grimsby Borough F.C. is a football club established in 2003 and based in Grimsby. They are members of the Northern Counties East League Division One.

The area also boasts an amateur rugby union side, the Grimsby RUFC, and an amateur cricket side, the Grimsby Town Cricket Club, both of which attract reasonable levels of support. Tennis teams from local clubs have been successful in various inter-County competitions with the Men's Team from Grimsby Tennis Centre winning the Lincolnshire Doubles League again in 2005. Tennis players from the town represent the County on a regular basis at all age levels.

Grimsby Tennis Centre underwent a major redevelopment of facilities in 2005 and is now entirely accessible to the disabled.

The town had one of the largest table tennis leagues in the country (Grimsby & District Table Tennis League)with over 120 teams competing during the 1970s, but sadly, like the game of squash, the sport has declined in the town during recent years.

Cleethorpes Cricket Club (Chichester Road, Cleethorpes) has three squash courts, Millfields Hotel (in Bargate) two courts and there is one court at Grimsby Tennis Centre (Weelsby Avenue, Grimsby).

Notable connections

The lack of green belt land and close proximity between Cleethorpes and Grimsby meant that many Grimbarians (natives of Grimsby) were born at the now defunct Croft Baker Maternity Hospital in Cleethorpes. Those born and/or brought up in the area include:

  • Shirley Basher (Bloomer) (1934) won the French Open Singles and Doubles titles in 1957, and the French Open Mixed title in 1958. She played tennis in her early years at Grimsby Tennis Club. She was married to athlete Chris Brasher. Shirley was part of the successful 1958 team that beat the USA in the Wightman Cup, the first time it had been done for 30 years. At the veterans level, Shirley has won many British national tiles and continues to represent Great Britain internationally at the sport.
  • Quentin Cooper, the presenter of Radio 4's Material World, and film correspondent for BBC Radio 2 grew up in the town, attending Wintringham School.
  • Peter "Mars" Cowling - Bass player in the Pat Travers Band for many years.
  • Michele Dotrice (1948) - actress famed for playing the role of Betty Spencer in the 1970s comedy Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
  • Brenda Fisher - [the daughter of a Grimsby trawler skipper], she was one of the first women to swim the English Channel
  • Helen Fospero - newsreader for Sky News and Five News
  • Keeley Donovan, weather presenter for BBC North
  • Freddie Frinton (1909-1968) - a comedian famous for playing a drunk (although in real life he was teetotal). He is more famous in Germany and Scandinavia than he is in his native United Kingdom due to a recording of a sketch of his entitled Dinner for One. Based on a music hall act he used to perform this is shown in Europe each year as part of the New Year's Eve celebrations. In his own country he is generally more remembered for his role in the 1960s BBC comedy Meet The Wife which also starred Thora Hird.
  • Freddie Frith (1909) - former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion.
  • Phil Gladwin (1963) - screenwriter for television, and creator of the Warriors of Kudlak and Screenwriting Goldmine.
  • Vivean Gray (1924) - actress most noted for the role of Nell Mangel in the Australian soap opera Neighbours; her father was once a fish merchant on Grimsby Docks
  • Dan Haigh (1981) - bass guitarist in rock group Fightstar, was also born and brought up in the town.
  • Patricia Hodge (1946) - television actress whose numerous roles include the series Rumpole of the Bailey and Jemima Shore Investigates. Her parents used to manage the now defunct Royal Hotel in the town. She attended Wintringham School in Grimsby.
  • Ian Huntley (1974) - Convicted for the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Huntly lived in Grimsby and Scunthorpe before moving to Soham. He was well-known in local pubs such as 'The Hainton' and 'The Longship'.[24]
  • Dame Madge Kendal (1848-1935) - a famous theatrical actress at the turn of the 20th century. Dame Kendal Grove, in Nunsthorpe, is named after her.
  • Duncan McKenzie (1950)–1970s footballer. Played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Everton. Famous for feats such as jumping over a Mini from a standing start and throwing a cricket ball out of the ground at Leeds. He attended Wintringham School.
  • Darren Pattinson (1978 - ). England Test cricketer born in Grimsby
  • Duncan Newmarch - BBC continuity announcer and former commercial radio presenter
  • Julie Peasgood (1956) - another actress who has had many television appearances including a major role as Fran in the former soap opera Brookside. She grew up in Grimsby and attended Wintringham School.
  • Matthew Stiff (1979) - vocalist with troupe G4 was born in the town and brought up in the nearby village of Waltham.
  • John Whitgift (1530–1604) - rose to become Archbishop of Canterbury under Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Patrick Wymark (1926–1970) - actor noted for his roles in the popular 1960s ITV drama The Power Game and in the 1970 film Cromwell, alongside Richard Harris. The film was completed shortly before his premature death at the age of 44. Wymark View was named after him. (His daughter Jane Wymark is an accomplished actress in her own right, presently seen playing Mrs Barnaby in the drama Midsomer Murders.
  • Numerous well-known snooker players come from the town, the best-known being Sid Hood, Ray Edmonds (1936), Dean Reynolds (1963), Mike Hallett (1959), Sean Storey (1971) and Stuart Carrington (c.1990).

Those with connections to the town include:

  • Jeffrey Archer (1940) - when he was Member of Parliament for the former Louth constituency from 1970 to 1974, his constituency house was in Tetney.
  • Richard A Collins (1966)- scientist and author, best known for his 2005 techno-thriller Under A Blood Red Sky (novel), lived with his parents in Holton-le-Clay and Scartho for most of his youth.
  • John Hurt (1940) - although born in Derbyshire, the actor spent his formative years in the town while his father was a minister at St Aidan, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.
  • Norman Lamont (1942) - Conservative MP and former Chancellor of the Exchequer was brought up in the town. His father was a GP in the area.
  • David Ross - businessman, co-founder and large shareholder in Carphone Warehouse was brought up in the town. His grandfather J Carl Ross was the founder of the Ross Trawler Company and who moved into frozen food. It is still a popular frozen food brand albeit no longer with any family connection.

Those who live in the local area include:

  • Roy 'Chubby' Brown (1945) - adult comedian, lives in the nearby village of Fulstow, near Tetney.
  • Barbara Dickson (1947) - singer, lives near Louth.
  • Patrick Mower (1940) - actor lives near Louth.
  • Graham Fellows (1959) - comedy writer/performer and musician, most famous for his character John Shuttleworth and 1970's punk-parody artist Jilted John, lives near Louth.

Twin cities

Grimsby's twin cities include:


  1. ^ BBC - Great Grimsby Day
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Retrieved 2009-08-26
  3. ^ Grimnir's Sayings (verses 46,49) , The Poetic Edda
  4. ^ p.88 Mysterious Britain, Janet and Colin Bord, (1972) Garnstone Press Ltd.
  5. ^ Vision of Britain - Great Grimsby
  6. ^ a b c Vision of Britain - Grimsby MB/CB (historic map)
  7. ^ A History of the Lincolnshire Branch - Chapter One - The First Ten Years
  8. ^ The Humberside (Structural Change) Order 1995 SI 1995/600
  9. ^ North East Lincolnshire Council - Council to consult on possible name change
  10. ^ Business Welcomes Rebrand -
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  12. ^ North East Lincolnshire Council, Regeneration Strategy 2006-2022
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  19. ^ RoSPA Silver Award
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  23. ^ Resistance: Fall of Man
  24. ^ Sky News - Profile of Ian Huntley

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Grimsby is a traditional fishing port in Lincolnshire, one of the eastern counties of England. It is situated at the mouth of the River Humber. It is physically linked to the adjoining town of Cleethorpes, with which it makes up the unitary authority of North East Lincolnshire.

It is home to Britain's largest port complex in terms of tonnage, and a large number of industries along the humber provide a lot of the town's employment.

Get in

The main route in is via the A46 (Lincoln, Newark) or from the M180, which turns into the A180 in neighbouring North Lincolnshire, and links Grimsby with main routes to Hull and the Midlands.

Humberside airport is an extremely short drive away and has scheduled flights to Aberdeen and Amsterdam, as well as charter flights to other european cities.

There are frequent train services between Cleethorpes and Manchester which call at Grimsby Town station.

A bus service links Grimsby to Hull (X1), Lincoln (3A) and Louth (51), operated by stagecoach. National Express also operates a service through Grimsby although only once or twice a day.

Get around

There is a good if sometimes infrequent bus service linking the town centre with most of north east lincolnshire. It is now run completely by stagecoach.

  • The National Fishing Heritage Centre - telephone (01472) 323345
  • The Dock Tower- impressive local landmark and a bit of a symbol of the town (as seen on the Young's adverts). It can be seen for miles around, but actual open days to go up the tower are held rarely (about once a year). Allegedly built from a million bricks.
  • The Town Hall on Victoria Street. An impressive Victorian building, tours are available and the Time Trap Museum is also housed here. Ring (01472) 324109 for details.
  • Freshney Place Shopping Centre
  • Chequered flag karting


The majority of the shops in Grimsby are located in or around the Freshney Place shopping centre.


As a fishing port, Grimsby is famous for its fish and chips.

Othello Restaurant

Stay Safe

Although Grimsby is relatively safe, there are a few areas that would best be avoided during the day and a night. Unfortunately violent crime and antisocial behavoir is very common in grimsby.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

GRIMSBY, or Great Grimsby, a municipal, county and parliamentary borough of Lincolnshire, England; an important seaport near the mouth of the Humber on the south shore. Pop. (1901) 63,138. It is 155 m. N. by E. from London by the Great Northern railway, and is also served by the Great Central railway. The church of St James, situated in the older part of the town, is a cruciform Early English building, retaining, in spite of injudicious restoration, many beautiful details. The chief buildings are that containing the town hall and the grammar school (a foundation of 1547), the exchange, a theatre, and the customs house and dock offices. A sailors' and fishermen's Harbour of Refuge, free library, constitutional club and technical school are maintained. The duke of York public gardens were opened in 1894. Adjacent to Grimsby on the east is the coastal watering-place of Cleethorpes.

The dock railway station lies a mile from the town station. In 1849 the Great Central (then the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire) railway initiated a scheme of reclamation and dock-construction. This was completed in 1854, and subsequent extensions were made. There are two large fish-docks, and, for general traffic, the Royal dock, communicating with the Humber through a tidal basin, the small Union dock, and the extensive Alexandra dock, together with graving docks, timber yards, a patent slip, &c. These docks have an area of about 104 acres, but were found insufficient for the growing traffic of the port, and in 1906 the construction of a large new dock, of about 40 acres' area and 30 to 35 ft. depth, was undertaken by the Great Central Company at Immingham, 5 m. above Grimsby on the Humber. The principal imports are butter, woollens, timber, cereals, eggs, glass, cottons, preserved meat, wool, sugar and bacon. The exports consist chiefly of woollen yarn, woollens, cotton goods, cotton yarn, machinery, &c. and coal. It is as a fishing port, however, that Grimsby is chiefly famous. Two of the docks are for the accommodation of the fishing fleet, which, consisting principally of steam trawlers, numbers upwards of 500 vessels. Regular passenger steamers run from Grimsby to Dutch and south Swedish ports, and to Esbjerg (Denmark), chiefly those of the Wilson line and the Great Central railway. The chief industries of Grimsby are shipbuilding, brewing, tanning, manufactures of ship tackle, ropes, ice for preserving fish, turnery, flour, linseed cake, artificial manure; and there are saw mills, bone and corn mills, and creosote works. The municipal borough is under a mayor, 12 aldermen and 36 councillors. Area, 2852 acres.

Grimsby (Grimesbi) is supposed to have been the landing-place of the Danes on their first invasion of Britain towards the close of the 8th century. It was a borough by prescription as early as 1201, in which year King John granted the burgesses a charter of liberties according to the custom of the burgesses of Northampton. Henry III. in 1227 granted to "the mayor and good men" of Grimsby, that they should hold the town for a yearly rent of fill, and confirmed the same in 1271. These charters were confirmed by later sovereigns. A governing charter, under the title of mayor and burgesses, was given by James II. in 1688, and under this the appointment of officers and other of the corporation, arrangements are to a great extent regulated. In 1201 King John granted the burgesses an annual fair for fifteen days, beginning on the 25th of May. Two annual fairs are now held, namely on the first Monday in April and the second Monday in October. No early grant of a market can be found, but in 1792 the market-day was Wednesday. In 1888 it had ceased to exist. Grimsby returned two members to the parliament of 1298, but in 1833 the number was reduced to one.

In the time of Edward III. Grimsby was an important seaport, but the haven became obstructed by sand and mud deposited by the Humber, and so the access of large vessels was prevented. At the beginning of the 19th century a subscription was raised by the proprietors of land in the neighbourhood for improving the harbour, and an act was obtained by which they were incorporated under the title "The Grimsby Haven Co." The fishing trade had become so important by 1800 that it was necessary to construct a new dock.

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  1. A seaport on the Humber in the north of England.

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Grimsby shown within Lincolnshire
Population 87,574
OS grid reference TA279087
Unitary authority North East Lincolnshire
Ceremonial county Lincolnshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRIMSBY
Postcode district DN31 - DN34,
Postcode district DN35, DN37
Dialling code 01472
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance East Midlands
UK Parliament Great Grimsby
European Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places: UKEngland • Lincolnshire
Coordinates: 53°33′34″N 0°04′05″W / 53.5595°N 0.068°W / 53.5595; -0.068

Grimsby (or archaically Great Grimsby) is a seaport on the Humber Estuary in Lincolnshire, England.

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