North East Lincolnshire

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North East Lincolnshire is a unitary authority area in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, bordering the unitary authority of North Lincolnshire and the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire. The population of the Unitary Authority at the 2011 Census was 159,616. These three administrative units make up the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire.




North East Lincolnshire consists of the towns of Great Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham along with several villages stretching from the Humber bank towards the Lincolnshire Wolds. These villages include Great Coates, Stallingborough, Healing and Habrough north of Grimsby towards Immingham and Ashby cum Fenby, Barnoldby le Beck, Irby upon Humber, Humberston, East Ravendale and Waltham beyond Cleethorpes to the south and south west.

Cleethorpes is one of the few places in the world through which the Prime (Greenwich) Meridian runs. There is a metal bar and marker post on the sea-front path between Cleethorpes pier and Humberston Yacht Club which indicate this line of longitude 0° 0' 0".




There are no cities as such in North East Lincolnshire, just the three towns of Grimsby (the administrative centre), Cleethorpes and Immingham.

Immingham is a large commercial and chemical port on the south bank of the River Humber and Grimsby, during the middle part of the 20th century, used to be the largest fishing port by tonnage landed in the world. It too is situated on the south bank of the River Humber at the estuary where the river enters the North Sea, opposite Spurn Point. At one point during the twentieth century, Grimsby was also home to the world's largest ice factory. Cleethorpes is a seaside resort, original a service town for the busy docks in Grimsby.

Grimsby and Cleethorpes together make one urban conurbation. The residential streets of Carr Lane and Park Street separate the two towns with the border running along the centres of these roads, the western sides being in Grimsby and the eastern sides in Cleethorpes.

Immingham has a place in history as one of the ports (others being Boston in Lincolnshire, London, Southampton, Dartmouth and Plymouth) visited by the Mayflower before carrying the Pilgrim Fathers across the North Atlantic to found the United States in 1620.

Grimsby and the NE LIncs area is one of the more socially-deprived areas in the UK. From the Guardian: "Grimsby’s problems in 2018 are manifold: skills shortages, long-term jobless families, deprivation, drugs, homelessness, empty homes, fly-tipping, children in care. The government’s indices of deprivation in 2015 ranked East Marsh as the fourth worst place in the UK for employment, the second for crime and the worst for education, skills and training".



Sights and Activities

Grimsby has the Fishing Heritage Centre, a museum dedicated to the distant water trawlers of the 1950s fishing heyday, on Alexandra Dock. It was opened in 1991 and features the Ross Tiger, a trawler from the fishing fleet, moored at the dock.

  • Grimsby Town FC, Founded in 1878 as Grimsby Pelham, currently playing at Blundell Park in Cleethorpes, where they've been since 1898 and in the English League 2 (the old League Division 4) for the forthcoming 2018-9 season.
  • Grimsby and Cleethorpes both have rugby teams - Grimsby RUFC play at their ground in Springfield Road, Scartho and Cleethorpes RUFC now play on Taylors Avenue (the old King George playing field, not to be confused with the King George V Stadium on Weelsby Road).
  • Cleethorpes Cricket Club, in Chichester Road has its own local team and regularly hosts games for Lincolnshire County Cricket Club in the Minor Counties League. The ground has also occasionally hosted matches for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.
  • Cleethorpes Pier
  • Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway - One of Britain's oldest seaside miniature railways.
  • The Signal Box Inn - the smallest pub on the planet at 8ft x 8ft.

Grimsby Auditorium hosts live musical shows and concerts, including and annual Christmas pantomime.

  • Meridian Showgrounds




Average maximum temperatures range from 5 °C in January/February up to 20 °C in June, July and August. In the same months, average minimums range from 2 °C to 14 °C. Rainfall is lower than the rest of the UK since NE Lincolnshire is on the east coast. Rarely does the average monthly rainfall exceed 100mm and it's mostly around 50mm per month. However, there's usually some sort of precipitation on 20 or more days in every month - often a light drizzle. Snow is rare too - probably for between five and fifteen days per year, usually January to March and rarely exceeding 50mm in a month. Average cloud cover is is usually 50-60% and average humidity is a year-round constant of around 78%. Average sun hours per month varies from 200-300 hours in the summer months down to 100 or so hours in the winter months. Sunrise and sunset varies from 4:30am to 9:30pm at the height of summer (21 June) to 8:15am to 3:40pm in winter (21 Dec).



Getting There

By Plane

The closest commercial airport is Humberside Airport, 10 miles (16 kilometres) west of Grimsby, on the A180.

By Train

Cleethorpes is the terminal station for trains which run through Grimsby and Barnetby and links the region with the main rail network at Doncaster and Newark.

By Car

The A180 leaves Grimsby heading north west and then westwards to become the M180 at Scunthorpe and links to the A1 and M1 through the M18 and to (Kingston upon) Hull via the Humber Bridge. The A46 heads south west and links the region to Lincoln. The A16 heads south through the market towns of Louth and Spilsby to Boston. And there is a coastal road south from Cleethorpes to the seaside resorts of Mablethorpe and Skegness.

By Boat

There is a daily ferry service to and from Europort Rotterdam in the Netherlands to Hull, around thirty miles from Grimsby.


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