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.
There is no doubt that the success of the fishing fleet, making Grimsby the world’s premier fishing port, was helped by the plentiful supply of ice. Today, whilst the fishing industry has shrunk dramatically, much of modern Grimsby can be traced back to that industry.
The Ice Factory has stood empty and vandalised for many years. Listed by English Heritage as Grade II*, and on their "At Risk” register, the huge building still contains most of its plant.
The SLHA has been concerned about the future of this iconic building for many years and supported the formation of the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust (www.ggift.co.uk) in July 2010.
Since then the Trust has achieved remarkable success, securing the attention of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, the Victorian Society and the Architectural Heritage Fund, amongst others. Over £18000 has been raised to fund an Options Appraisal which analyses proposed uses for the building put forward by the community.
This report will be presented to the public for comment at an event to be held at Grimsby Town Hall on 1 March (details on the Great GIFT website) and the SLHA is delighted to support this initiative.
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The Ice Factory is the subject of an illustrated talk by Chris Lester on Wednesday 20 February, at 7.30 pm at St Hugh’s Hall, Monks Road, Lincoln.