Ten interesting facts about Cleethorpes
Tuesday 05th Apr, 2022
Did you know that we have a contact point in Cleethorpes Library?
Ten interesting facts about Cleethorpes:
- The name Cleethorpes comes from joining the words 'clee' (an old word for clay) and 'thorpes' (an Old English/Norse word for villages);
- The settlement began as a fishing village in the 6th century and then a health resort from the 1820s.
- The coming of the railway in Victorian times fuelled its expansion into a town of almost 40,000 people.
- Cleethorpes Pier opened in 1873 and the promenade in 1885.
- Ross Castle, a mock ruin of a castle, was built by the railway company in 1885 to provide another visitor attraction, and named after their Secretary.
- Cleethorpes lies on the Greenwich Meridian Line.
- Local residents from Lincolnshire and the Humber area call Cleethorpes 'Meggies'
- At low tide it has one of the widest beaches in the country.
- Average rainfall is among the lowest in the British Isles.
- You can see two large fortifications - the Humber Forts - in the mouth of the River Humber. On a clear day, you can also spot the lighthouse on Spurn Point.
You can find us at Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra Road - Tues, Weds, Thurs (10am to 2pm).
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