The aim of this book is to explain the origins of street names in Cleethorpes. In doing so, it gives an insight into the history and development of the town and also reveals some fascinating stories about the locality and its personalities, which can add extra interest to our day-to-day surroundings as we pass a familiar street sign.
The book begins with an outline description of the growth of Cleethorpes and some of the factors that influenced its growth, such as the coming of the railway and the role played by a major local landowner. The focus then switches to entries on local streets. These throw light on the origins of their names, when they were built, significant buildings and other relevant information or anecdotes. The entries include references to the resort's early history; members of the royal family; the Civil War; local people and families; local geography; landowners and trades; and local churches and chapels. Here will be found tales of Cavaliers and Roundheads and thegruesome story of how Oliver Cromwell's missing head found its final resting place. Accounts of pioneering flying aces mix with those of saints, churches and chapels. College benefactors are joined by an eccentric poet, a deranged doctor, a jovial academic and a one-eyed bishop. Links with fishing and farming are explained. Thewanderings of the Pinfold are described; an Australian river nearly runs on to the Cleethorpes beach, and Mucky Lane is pinpointed while the dubious goings on at the Folly Hole are described with careful reticence!