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Our First Invaders

Let us admit from the start that we have little evidence of Romans in our area with the exception that the Fosse Way, which extended from Exeter through Bath and eventually Lincoln to the coast, could not have terminated very far from our area.

Having little evidence of Roman visitors, except a few scattered roman coins found, we must move forward until the Roman Legions were forced to leave Britain altogether to fight for other parts of their extended empire.

Clearly with the Romans no longer barring the way, our land was available for other visitors. So in the 6th Century a band of Saxon Warriors sailed into the Humber and finding a ‘smoother piece of water under the Lee of a hill on the Southern Shore’ they anchored their boats and spread around the area to see what they could find.

A second band soon followed. They found a suitable place to settle. From this site, which was a slight depression in a hill top. This depression gave them some protection from the elements, the hill gave advance sight of any hostile force, whilst their boats were close – in case a hasty retreat became necessary. To the South was the crest along which the the Main Street of Cleethorpes extends today and to the North was the ridge over which the Grimsby Road runs in our area.

From this beginning a few of this band and perhaps further newcomers extended their influence further inland and built cotes (or cots) or simply inhabited the primitive huts deserted by the few subdued Britons whom they soon drove away from the area.

Thus, they soon became to regard themselves as ‘natives’ and made laws and wars as free men seem always to do.

Their worship was still with The Norse Gods headed by Thor and Odin and it took about another hundred years before missionaries crossed the Humber from the York area, to preach the Christian Faith of the ‘White Christ’ which slowly and gradually penetrated the entire kingdom of the Middle Angles.