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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