Monday 13 January 2014

Grimsby's other areas.

The theme of the blog for the last few posts has been scenes and areas of Grimsby.  These few images show once thriving aspects of Grimsby that are now in decline or awaiting regeneration.

The Birds Eye Social club which in it's latter years was used as a learning centre.
Unfortunatey  no longer in use since the closure of the Grimsby factory.
(See below for more details.)
Birds Eye closed a factory in Grimsby in 2005, with the loss of 650 jobs, that had been making fish fingers since 1929. The Grimsby factory on Ladysmith Road was hit by fire, suspected to be set by six local youths on 12 September 2007. The fire was so severe that local residents had to be evacuated.
(The above paragraph of info courtesy of Wikipedia)

The derelict site of the Grimsby Birds Eye factory in the latter stages of being demolished.

The chimney was the last structure to be demolished although it remained in tact for some time.

Site ready for clearance.

A view through the gates of the old offices.

The last bit being removed from the end of a row of terraced houses.

This shop was well known in the Grimsby area but closed a few years ago.

The Grimsby Cordage Co.  I found this facade between two houses by accident and knew nothing
about the company.  A search on the Google gave me the following info.

This Cordage mill was built for the manufacture of twine and nets in 1899. It was built for the Grimsby Cordage Co. The Cordage Company was created by the Cosalt Co, whose concerns also included the net workshop beside the Victor Street Fisher Lads Home and Orphanage and the Waterproof Clothing Co factory in Robinson Street. The factory illustrates the importance of Grimsby as the world's foremost fishing centre in the late 19th and early 20th century. This was one of the largest purpose built cordage mills in England, at that time, designed specifically for the production of twine and nets.
(The above info courtesy of "Heritage Explorer" website.)

Shops in Freeman Street.

High rise flats seen from Victor Street.

Rear of The White Knight public house.

"Gas Alley" underpass below the Peaks Parkway.  Worth a revisit from time to time as the
graffiti changes quite regularly.

The last remaining part of the old "Pontoon" where Grimsby trawlers once landed their catches.

The dockside view of the pontoon.  This stretch was known as "the ice jetty" and the chutes can be
seen reaching over the roof of the pontoon from the Ice House on the other side of the road.
(Shortly after taking this photo I returned to take more and this old style lifebelt
had gone!  Possibly now in someones garden?) 

A reminder of better times in Grimsby and a view of the iconic "Dock Tower" that is known to
Grimsby people all over the world.

All images taken on a Canon EOS300 camera.

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures! I was searching Google for some old pictures of my old home town, and came across your blog. I haven't been back to Grimsby in many years (I live all the way over in San Francisco now) but these pictures brought back some memories - feeling pretty nostalgic now!