Cleethorpes : The Creation of a Seaside Resort Hardback
by Alan Dowling
Cleethorpes was originally three small farming and fishing hamlets on the Lincolnshire coast.
This new book charts the progress that saw them combine, and illustrates the major influences on their eventual development as a thriving seaside resort.
The early history of the hamlets is described, and the informative narrative takes the reader on a chronological journey through their years as a quiet bathing place, when transport posed difficulties to potential holidaymakers.
The fascinating history of the railway that revolutionised Cleethorpes, making it a favourite venue for the inhabitants of the manufacturing districts of South Yorkshire and the Midlands, is told in detail.
The railway company invested heavily in Cleethorpes and became its leading developer, creating a bustling Victorian resort.
The first half of the 20th century saw the Cleethorpes municipal authority superseding the railway company as the resort developer and carrying out an enterprising programme of resort expansion, although the development was curtailed twice by the outbreak of the two world wars. The author describes the resort's attractions, which in its heyday lured multitudes of visitors who packed the seafront and local boarding houses.
In the later decades of the century, Cleethorpes experienced a roller-coaster ride of fluctuating trade, but there are signs of a promising up-turn in the resort's prospects as it enters the 21st century.
Thoroughly researched, and beautifully illustrated, "Cleethorpes: The Creation of a Seaside Resort" is essential reading for residents and visitors alike.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages, 108 illustrations
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/01/2005
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9781860773433