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Grimsby, Albert Gardens
Grimsby, Albert Gardens
Grimsby, Albert Gardens

Grimsby Albert Gardens & Prince Consort Memorial commemorate Albert, Queen Victoria's consort, who died in 1861. It is in the East Marsh area of the town close to the docks.

The memorial was unveiled in 1879 and moved to the Dock Offices at the dock entrance in c.1980.

'Jay Em Jay' Series postcard, posted 1904

Grimsby, Albert Gardens, Prince Consort Memorial
Grimsby, Dock Tower
Grimsby, Dock Tower
Grimsby, Dock Tower

The 303 ft dock tower was built in about 1850, in the style of that of Siena town hall.

Originally the tower contained a 33,000 gallon water tank at a height of 200 ft, the head of water providing the hydraulic pressure to operate the dock gates and dockside cranes.

This early use of hydraulics was designed by Newcastle engineer William Armstrong.

The high pressure hydraulic accumulator tower (seen to the left) replaced the original system in 1892.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Grimsby, water tank, Armstrong, hydraulic accumulator,
Grimsby, Dock Tower
Grimsby, Dock Tower
Grimsby, Dock Tower

The splendid dock tower at Grimsby (92.4m high) has been widely admired since its construction in 1851.

Coupled to a steam operated pump it provided a low pressure hydraulic system for operating lock gates and was replaced by the high pressure accumulator tower (23.7m), seen here to the right.

card posted 1906

Grimsby, dock tower
Grimsby, Docks
Grimsby, Docks
Grimsby, Docks

This postcard of Grimsby Docks shows the dock tower, the Royal Dock and the fish docks.

On the left is the Royal Dock, which opened in 1852, and was given the name 'Royal' following the visit of Victoria and Albert two years later.

The original fish dock dates from 1856 and a second fish dock was added in 1877 - a later extension to the east being made in 1934.

Out of view is the Alexandra Dock.

Grimsby, fish, tower,
Grimsby, Holme Hill School
Grimsby, Holme Hill School
Grimsby, Holme Hill School

Built in 1876-8 in Gothic style, with a three story clock tower over the main entrance, Holme Hill School is by the architect Charles Bell, who won a nationwide competition for its design.

Frank Robinson, December 2014

Grimsby, Holme Hill School, Charles Bell
Grimsby, Hospital
Grimsby, Hospital
Grimsby, Hospital

The hospital shown opened in 1877 on a site in the West Marsh area of Grimsby.

A new ward was built in 1885, the first of many such additions.  By 1910, an X-ray department had been established.

The hospital continued to adapt, serving the people of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and surrounding area until 1983, when the new Diana Princess of Wales hospital opened in the south of the town.

The old buildings were subsequently demolished to make way for housing.

Postcard, 1905

See: Grimsby: Making the Town  by Alan Dowling

Grimsby, hospital, West Marsh
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

Grimsby Ice Factory, which commenced production in 1901, provided the crushed ice which was required to preserve the catch in Grimsby trawlers during their lengthy journey back from the fishing grounds of the North Sea.

More ice was then needed to pack the fish for its rail journey, for Grimsby fish was widely distributed around Britain.

This photograph shows the east elevation of the factory on Gorton Street.  Conveyors carry ice across the road for direct loading onto trawlers.

Sue Stone, GreatGIFT, 2008

Grimsby, Ice Factory, fishing
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

The 1901 Ice Factory building has two gables on the Gorton Street elevation constructed in red brick with attractive windows, recesses, arches and other features.

The insertion of ground floor doors, a first floor window and a fire escape detract from the original fine design.

The much faded words THE GRIMSBY ICE COMPANY LTD can still be discerned between the moulded brick bands above the first floor.

Sue Stone, GreatGIFT, 2008

 

Grimsby, Ice Factory, fishing
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

The tank room on the first floor of the original Ice Factory building.

The two tanks on this floor contained more than 3000 suspended metal cans, each of which held 2 cwt (101kg) of fresh water.

Cooling was achieved by an ammonia gas expansion system powered by vertical valve compressors coupled to 600 bhp induction motors.

Sue Stone, GreatGIFT, 2011

Grimsby, Ice Factory, machinery
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

A view of the main compressor room which houses four vertical cylinder ammonia compressors manufactured by J&E Hall Ltd of Dartford, driven by Metropolitan Vickers 600 hp induction motors.

These were installed in 1930-34 to replace the original steam-powered plant without disruption to ice production. They are some of the largest ever made and are a unique survival.

Photo: Liz Humble, Purcell Miller Tritton

 

Grimsby, Ice, Fishing
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

The can-filling equipment simultaneously filled a complete row of cans with a measured quantity of water. The water came from the factory's own fresh water boreholes situated at the dock.

The row of filled cans was then pushed forward in the refrigeration tank by screw-jacks to allow space for a new row of cans which had just been returned empty from the other end of the tank.

Photo: Liz Humble, Purcell Miller Tritton

 

Grimsby, Ice, Fishing
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory
Grimsby, Ice Factory

At the end of the tank room a row of ice cans is lying in the tipping cradle where the 100 kg blocks of ice would have been emptied out onto the wooden handling platform before being sent to the crushers or for storage as blocks.

Photo: Liz Humble, Purcell Miller Tritton

Grimsby, Ice, fishing
Grimsby, Lifeboat
Grimsby, Lifeboat
Grimsby, Lifeboat
undated postcard
Grimsby, lifeboat
Grimsby, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park

People's Park in Grimsby was officially opened in 1883.

The 27 acres of land were a gift to the council from Edward Heneage of Hainton, a prominent landowner, who was influential in the town's development.

The park is still a valued recreation area, with improvements including a new pavilion being made in 2009.

Undated postcard

Grimsby, Edward Heneage, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park
Grimsby, People's Park

People's Park in Grimsby was officially opened in 1883.

The 27 acres of land were a gift to the council from Edward Heneage of Hainton, a prominent landowner, who was influential in the town's development.

The park is still a valued recreation area, with improvements including a new pavilion being made in 2009.

Undated postcard

Grimsby, Edward Heneage, People's Park
Grimsby, PS Lincoln Castle
Grimsby, PS Lincoln Castle
Grimsby, PS Lincoln Castle

View of Alexandra Dock at Grimsby showing the destruction of the PS Lincoln Castle at the stage reached on 15 October 2010.

The vessel was built on the Clyde in 1940 by A & J Inglis and was taken out of service in 1978.

It was the last coal-fired paddle steamer in regular service.

Chris Lester, 2010

Grimsby, paddle steamer, Inglis, bridge, Alexandra Dock,
Grimsby, royal visit
Grimsby, royal visit
Grimsby, royal visit

King George V & Queen Mary visited Grimsby on the morning of 22 July 1912 prior to the opening of Immingham Docks the same day.

postcard by J. S. Bullen of Grimsby

Grimsby, royal visit, George V
Grimsby, Royal Dock
Grimsby, Royal Dock
Grimsby, Royal Dock

Grimsby Royal Dock was built by the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway in 1846-52. Its area is approximately 20 acres (8 Ha).

The quay walls are constructed as series of brick and stone arches to withstand the pressure of the weak alluvial soil.

F. C. C. Series of Hull posted 1912

Grimsby, Royal Dock
Grimsby, St James
Grimsby, St James
Grimsby, St James

The grand scale of St James’, viewed here from the south, reflects the prosperity of medieval Grimsby.

The church comprises nave, chancel, transepts, N and S chapels and an imposing central tower in Perpendicular style.

The spacious interior has a 13th century nave with six-bay arcades, and an arched passageway above.   Much 19th and 20th century restoration has taken place – some following the bomb damage of WW2.

April 2011

Grimsby, St James church
Grimsby, St James
Grimsby, St James
Grimsby, St James

The grand scale of St James’ reflects the prosperity of medieval Grimsby. The church comprises nave, chancel, transepts, N and S chapels and an imposing central tower in Perpendicular style.

The spacious interior has a 13th century nave with six-bay arcades, and an arched passageway above. 

Much 19th and 20th century restoration has taken place – some following the bomb damage of WW2.

April 2011

Grimsby, St James church, bomb damage
Grimsby, Synagogue
Grimsby, Synagogue
Grimsby, Synagogue

Many Eastern European immigrants passed through Grimsby in the late 19th century. Some, however, stayed, and the Jewish population of the town increased.

The Sir Moses Montefiore Synagogue was consecrated in 1888 and was built ‘in a Byzantine style’ on land given by Edward Heneage MP.

Frank Robinson, December 2014

Grimsby, synagogue, Sir Moses Montefiore, Edward Heneage
Grimsby, Victoria Mills
Grimsby, Victoria Mills
Grimsby, Victoria Mills

The 8-storey Victoria Mills was built as a grain store in 1889 and is flanked by buildings of 1906, now converted to flats.

Corporation Bridge is an electrically operated lift bridge built in 1925.

The PS Lincoln Castle was a coal-fired paddle steamer which operated for many years as a Humber ferry between Hull and New Holland.

It was scrapped by its owner in 2010.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Grimsby, paddle steamer, bridge, Alexandra Dock,
Grimsby, Victoria Street
Grimsby, Victoria Street
Grimsby, Victoria Street

Victoria Street is one of the principal streets in the town.

undated postcard

Grimsby, Victoria Street
Grimsby, wagon
Grimsby, wagon
Grimsby, wagon

Based on the evidence of the postmark, this postcard shows a group from the Grimsby area. It is undated and the message on the card reads 'Taken yesterday by George. I hope I don't get too fat.'

The flat-bed wagon was a general purpose vehicle, probably used by a tradesman.

Grimsby, wagon