Cleethorpes is a seaside resort on the Humber near the North Sea and has about 32,000 inhabitants. Together with Grimsby and Immingham, the city forms the Unitary Authority North East Lincolnshire.


Cleethorpes originally consisted of three villages ( Old English: thorp = farm, settlement ): Itterby, Aalen and Thrunscoe. These villages were part of a larger community called Clee ( Old English for clay = clay). The earliest finds of the area date back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age; first permanent settlement was made by the Danes in the 6th century, which established permanent communities until the 9th century.

Cleethorpes has long been a normal fishing village. According to a census in 1801 it had 284 inhabitants. In the 1820s, the village began to rent wrap into a holiday resort and seaside resort. In 1831 the town had 497 inhabitants.

1842, the Law for the enclosure of the village was adopted. 2,050 acres ( 8.3 km2) of land divided among the landowners, it resulted in several new highways.

The resort grew due to the new rail connection to the industrial cities of Yorkshire rapidly. Cleethorpes Pier was opened in 1873, the promenade in 1885. 1873 the site was designated a Local Board of Health District. According to the Local Government Act of 1894, the village was elevated to a municipal district.

In 1916 the Urban District was officially named the Cleethorpes; In 1922 and 1927, the city was enlarged twice. 1936, the city was awarded the Royal Charter - it became a municipal borough.

Initially, Cleethorpes successfully resisted an incorporation to Grimsby. Between 1974 and 1996 Cleethorpes was a separate borough within the former county of Humberside. When the county was dissolved in 1996, the city merged with Grimsby for Unitary Authority North East Lincolnshire. 2009 decided their authority, the cities of Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes, under the name Greater Grimsby to lead.


Cleethorpes currently serves on the Cleethorpes constituency, which is represented by the Labour Party since 1997 by Shona McIsaac. The constituency also belong to other cities such as Immingham and Barton -upon -Humber. Prior to 1997, the town belonged to the following parts of the constituencies Brigg and Cleethorpes, Louth and Great Grimsby. Subsequently, the since 1945 for Cleethorpes sent in the British House of Commons MPs are listed below:

The twin town of Cleethorpes is King Winter in North Rhine -Westphalia.

Culture and sights

Cleethorpes is a typical English seaside resort with entertainment mile on the beach. On the edge of town there is a nature reserve with dunes and rare bird species.

The Ross Castle is a 1863 erbauter replica of a castle. It represents the highest point of the coastline dar. After completed renovations it was reopened in June 2008. After a woman on 9 January 2009 fatal crash, it was thought at times after a closure of the ruins to the public. In 2007 the city won the Britain in Bloom Award from the Royal Horticultural Society in the category coastal town. The city also received a Silver Gilt award, a Tourism Award and the Shredded Wheat Community Champions Award.

Other attractions of the city are the Cleethorpes Pier, the Pleasure Iceland Family Theme Park, Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway which, the Discovery Centre and the Jungle Zoo. The latter was criticized by the local authority as well as by animal welfare groups due to poor animal husbandry.

The Church of St Adrian's at the Grimsby Road ( A180 ) was performed in the 1950s by Father John Hurts. St Peter's is built in the 1866 parish church of Cleethorpes. There is also the church of St Francis of Assisi in the Sandringham Road.

Interestingly, the football club Grimsby Town FC with the Blundell Park here its venue. This is the club one of the few English professional clubs, plays its home games in a city other than their own. In addition, there is a gymnastics club and the rugby club Cleethorpes Rugby Union Football.

Economy and infrastructure

Cleethorpes is not directly on the sea, but at the estuary of the Humber. Large parts of the littoral zone in front of the City fall dry at low tide. On clear days you can see on the opposite side of the Humber recognize the lighthouse of the Spurn Peninsula.

Near the pier and next to the Coast Guard, the RNLI has a station that is to be in the near future be replaced by a new building.

Bus service to Grimsby, Immingham and nearby villages are carried out by Stagecoach Grimsby - Cleethorpes. In addition, there are two offered by Stagecoach in Lincolnshire late evening connections to Louth.

The three railway companies First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and East Midlands Trains offer ( with bus connection to Hull ), Newark -on-Trent and Manchester Airport to trains via Grimsby to Barton -upon -Humber.

In Cleethorpes send the A16 from the direction of Skegness and the A46, which leads hither from Bath through Coventry, Leicester and Lincoln. Connection to the motorway network has one over Grimsby and the A180, which continues as M180 at Barnetby. See also: A roads

In Cleethorpes are the secondary schools The Lindsey School and Matthew Humberstone School.


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