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Grimsby (Great Grimsby)

"Great Grimsby is a market town, a borough both corporate and parliamentary, a sea-port and parish, in the wapentake of Bradley-Haverstoe and parts of Lindsey - 168 miles N from London, 35 NE from Lincoln, and 16 SE from Hull. This place, anciently spelled Grimsbye, is advantageously situate near the mouth of the Humber, and is suppossed to have been the spot where the Danes disembarked, on their first invasion of Britain, towards the close of the eighth century. It is one of the most ancient boroughs in the kingdom - was formerly rich and populous, and possessed a considerable share of foreign commerce and internal traffic."
"Lincolnshire Directory," Pigot & Co., 1841

Description and Travel

Great Grimsby is a parish and a large town on the northeast shore of the county, on the mouth of the River Humber. It sits 16 miles southeast of Hull and 163 miles north of London. Long one of the principal centers for fishing, that trade has all but disappeared in the last half-century. The parish covers about 1,840 acres of land and includes the hamlet of Wellow.

This once-small village has grown over the centuries. If you are planning a visit:

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Business and Commerce Records

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Cemeteries

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Census

Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2113
1861 R.G. 9 / 2388 & 2389
1871 R.G. 10 / 3411 thru 3414
1881 R.G. 11 / 3269
1891 R.G. 12 / 2612 - 2616
1901 R.G. 13 / 3090 & 3901
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Church History

St. James Church

St. James Church

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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History

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Medical Records

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Military History

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Military Records

For World War One military records, check these sources:

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Names, Geographical

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Names, Personal

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Newspapers

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Occupations

Many a man of Grimsby was a fisherman.

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Officials & Employees

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Orphans and Orphanages

Many a Grimsby child lost a father at sea. These children were likely to end up in Hull Orphanage (in Yorkshire) if not taken in by other family members. Check the Orphanage census extracts for:

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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

    Year  Inhabitants
1801 1,524
1811 2,747
1821 3,064
1831 4,225
1841 3,700
1851 8,860
1861 11,067
1871 20,238
1881 26,182
1891 33,283
1911 37,454
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Schools

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