Our hometowns and familiar environments can be taken for granted and I have to confess that I am guilty of doing this to a certain extent. Something happened just recently to make me look at my own hometown, Grimsby, N E Lincolnshire, UK through fresh eyes. So what was it that made me do this? Well, the 62 Group of Textile Artists came to town for a Members’ Research Day.
Later in the year the group, of which I am the current chair, are having an exhibition in the town which will run concurrently at two very different venues, the first, Grimsby Minster is an “architectural gem” tracing its history on this site for more than 900 years. The second venue is the Muriel Barker gallery at the purpose built Fishing Heritage centre which opened in 1991.
I decided to try and find 10 things about my hometown which would fill me with pride. The town was once the largest and busiest fishing port in the world and was known as the ‘Klondyke of the East Coast’ and in the 1980s it was also known as ‘Food Town, Europe so the obvious place to start was with food so here goes.
1. Grimsby Traditional Smoked Haddock.
In 2009 Grimsby Traditional Smoked Fish was awarded a Protected Geographical Indication from the European Union. This means that only fish produced in Grimsby using the traditional method can be called Grimsby Traditional Smoked Fish.
Find out more : http://gtfsgroup.co.uk/
2. Grimsby Fish Market
Grimsby is of course famous for it’s fish, Grimsby Fish Market is the focal point of the local industry and its importance is recognised by the UK and EU Fishing Industries.
Find out more : http://www.grimsbyfishmarket.co.uk/
3. Local Fish & Chips
When I was a child we ate fresh fish 2 or 3 times a week . Fish so fresh it still tasted of the sea. Today the Captain’s Table fish restaurant in Cleethorpes serves sustainable fish which tastes just as fresh. In my opinion better the Magpie café in Whitby and I’ve tried both.
Find out more : http://www.thecaptainstable.co/
4. Lincolnshire Sausages
The John Pettit’s butchers has been making sausages for over 100 years. Their Lincolnshire sausage, is still made to an original family recipe dating back to 1810.
Find out more: http://www.johnpettitbutchers.co.uk/category/sausages
5. Grimsby Minster
Grimsby Minster is known for being the only parish church in England to have its own Choir School, St James’ School. The building has been changing and evolving over many centuries.
Find out more: http://grimsbyminster.com/
6. The Fishing Heritage Centre.
Opened in 1991 the FHC has a permanent exhibition depicting the Grimsby deep sea fishing industry in its heyday of the 1950s. It also has a temporary exhibition space. Over the last 5 years it has housed the ‘Unlocking the Collection’ series of exhibitions. The current one ‘ Treasures from the Collection runs until 21st April 2014.
Find out more : https://www.facebook.com/FishingHeritageCentreGrimsby
7. The Museum Collection of N E Lincolnshire
For about 10 years I volunteered to work with the fantastic costume collection.The collection represents the history of North East Lincolnshire, from its geological origins to the modern day. It currently consists of approximately 60,000 artefacts across Archaeology, Natural Sciences, Local and Social History, Costume, Art and Maritime History.
Find out more : N E Lincs Museum Collection
8. The Great Grimsby Ice Factory
This grade 2* listed building was was built in 1901. Its purpose was to supply ice to preserve fish on its journey from the deep sea fishing grounds to the nation’s plates. It closed its doors in 1990. The Great Grimsby Ice Factory trust are fighting to save this fantastic building.
Find out more : http://ggift.co.uk/
To help to save this important building donate : http://ggift.co.uk/make-a-donation/
9. The Dock Tower
For 137 years Grimsby Dock Tower has dominated the town’s skyline and is a well known landmark. The 309ft high tower has played a fascinating role in the town’s industrial history.
Find out more : Dock Tower
Most of my life, apart from a brief sojourn in London, I have lived within 6 miles of the East Coast of England. Its huge skies and vast beaches are second to none. Cleethorpes developed as a fishing village but with the coming of the railways in 1863 it soon became a popular seaside resort. The town adjoins my hometown of Grimsby.
Find out more : Cleethorpes history and heritage
Now I have taken a fresh look at my hometown and surrounding area why don’t you do the same. It’s amazing what you’ll see.