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The Development of Sidney Sussex Cleethorpes

1834

Construction of a White Beacon to aid shipping (at the end of Popular Road)

1859

In case of a French Invasion, a volunteer rifle force was formed and a battery cannons was installed, situated upon the foreshore at the end of what is now Suggitt’s Lane (The Second Italian War of Independence).

In case of a French Invasion, a volunteer rifle force was formed and a battery cannons was installed, situated upon the foreshore at the end of what is now Suggitt’s Lane (The Second Italian War of Independence).
1863

Train track officially opened, and the first Railway Station was erected (at the end of Princes Road).

1863

A Coastguard Station was established near the Beaconthorpe hamlet. It was manned by a chief officer and four men.

A Coastguard Station was established near the Beaconthorpe hamlet. It was manned by a chief officer and four men.
1864

The Cleethorpes Gas Company constructed their Gas Works in the area with the supply of gas starting in April 1864.

The Cleethorpes Gas Company constructed their Gas Works in the area with the supply of gas starting in April 1864.
1864

The White Beacon was taken down.

1878

Cleethorpes Police Station was first established to keep the peace. It accommodated a sergeant and four constables.

Cleethorpes Police Station was first established to keep the peace. It accommodated a sergeant and four constables.
1881

Work commenced at Chapman’s Brick Pit.

1883

Water mains started to be laid, water previously obtained from wells.

Water mains started to be laid, water previously obtained from wells.
1885

The present train station was built as part of an extension plan.

1886

Tram tracks were extended along Grimsby Road from Park Street to Popular Road.

1889

Remodelling of the train track creating 6 platforms and 2 carriage sidings. A new large signal box was built at the end of what is now Suggitt’s Lane. The layout also included a turntable at the rear of the signal box.

1889

Beaconthorpe Methodist Church started with a ‘Mission Hall’ on Grimsby Road.

1890

The Magnificent Clee Park Hotel was built, quickly becoming a landmark on its corner site.

1896

The foundation stone of Barcroft County School was laid on 7th January and the school was opened in September.

1897

A Tram Depot was built down Pelham Road.

1898

August 31st saw the foundation stone laid for the building of St Aidan’s Church Hall on Blundell Avenue.

1898

The gradient of Isaac’s Hill was eased for an extension of the Tram line.

1898

August 31st saw the foundation stone laid for the building of St Aidan’s Church Hall on Blundell Avenue.

August 31st saw the foundation stone laid for the building of St Aidan’s Church Hall on Blundell Avenue.
1899

A wooden building was erected on Grant Street to house a Circus known as the ‘Grand Circus’.

1899

J.H. Alcock paid £7500 to Sidney Sussex College for 7.25 acres of land to build a The Imperial Hotel and Blundell Park Football Stadium.

1899

The Foundation stone was laid for a new Methodist Chapel in Lovett Street.

The Foundation stone was laid for a new Methodist Chapel in Lovett Street.
1900

Quality detached housing reached Daubney Street.

1901

The first electric Tram took to Grimsby Road at 6:15am on Saturday 7th December 1901.

1901

The technical Institute opened on Isaac’s Hill.

1901

Proposed additions to the Police Station on Grant Street, Cleethorpes. Drawn by James Thropp, County Surveyor, Lincoln, 13th February 1901

Proposed additions to the Police Station on Grant Street, Cleethorpes. Drawn by James Thropp, County Surveyor, Lincoln, 13th February 1901
1902

The local Circus building was renamed ‘The Hippodrome’ and became a Variety Theatre.

1902

The Warwick Tower opened for business (North Promenade).

1903

The Imperial Hotel ‘The Imp’ was built on Grimsby Road

The Imperial Hotel ‘The Imp’ was built on Grimsby Road
1904

Opening of Sidney Park on 4th August 1904.

1904

The Bethel Mission Chapel opened in Tiverton Street.

The Bethel Mission Chapel opened in Tiverton Street.
1904

November saw the opening of Cleethorpes Fire Station on Poplar Road.

1904

A water spring broke out at the bottom of Chapman’s Brick Pit.

1906

Saw the opening of the new St Aidan’s Church. The old one in Blundell Avenue became known as the ‘institute’ housing the Sunday School.

1907

Elliston Street School opened.

Elliston Street School opened.
1908

Water Tower was built in Pelham Road.

1911

Christ Church Mission Hall is opened.

Christ Church Mission Hall is opened.
1911

Wonderland was developed on the North Promenade.

1912

A wooden building known as The Royal Kinema was built in Grant Street.

1914

The outbreak of the First World War.

The outbreak of the First World War.
1914

Reynolds Street School was opened.

Reynolds Street School was opened.
1914

The Coliseum opened its doors on Saturday 30th May.

The Coliseum opened its doors on Saturday 30th May.
1914

The Royal Kinema was requisitioned by the Army and used as a billet by the Manchester Regiment who were detailed to guard our coastlines.

The Royal Kinema was requisitioned by the Army and used as a billet by the Manchester Regiment who were detailed to guard our coastlines.
1914

The St Aidan’s Church Hall was used as a Red Cross Hospital to treat injured soldiers.

The St Aidan’s Church Hall was used as a Red Cross Hospital to treat injured soldiers.
1915

Chapman’s Brick Pit ordered to close because lights from the kilns were attracting attention from German Zeppelins. The engines were stopped and the pit filed with water from the natural spring, becoming Chapman’s Pond.

1916

Barcroft School was occupied by the military and pupils sent to other schools.

Barcroft School was occupied by the military and pupils sent to other schools.
1918

End of the First World War.

End of the First World War.
1919

Sidney Sussex College donated 14 acres for Sussex Recreation Ground

Sidney Sussex College donated 14 acres for Sussex Recreation Ground
1921

Jawbones of a whale presented to Cleethorpes Council to later form an impressive archway at Sidney Park.

1922

The Hippodrome burnt down whilst showing a film that ironically was called ‘The Vital Spark’.

The Hippodrome burnt down whilst showing a film that ironically was called ‘The Vital Spark’.
1930

The first Roman Catholic Church in Cleethorpes was built, known as Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

The first Roman Catholic Church in Cleethorpes was built, known as Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
1932

Beaconthorpe Methodist Church Sunday School was built on Tennyson Road.

Beaconthorpe Methodist Church Sunday School was built on Tennyson Road.
1934

Cleethorpes Became a Municipal Borough

1936

Cleethorpes became a Municipal Borough.

Cleethorpes became a Municipal Borough.
1937

Trolleybuses replaced Trams on 18th July.

1937

31st July saw the opening of The Ritz – a single screen cinema, holding a capacity of 1450 people.

1937

An Art Deco Electricity Showroom was built at the bottom of Isaac’s Hill.

1939

Second World War was declared.

Second World War was declared.
1940

The first air aid warning alarm was on 19th June, lasting 4 hours.

The first air aid warning alarm was on 19th June, lasting 4 hours.
1940

22nd June saw the closure of all schools for the purpose of building air raid shelters.

22nd June saw the closure of all schools for the purpose of building air raid shelters.
1941

The first bombs were dropped in the area on February 27th.

The first bombs were dropped in the area on February 27th.
1944

Soldiers arrived and stationed their vehicles in Sidney Park, waiting to go to war. (D-Day beaches of Normandy).

Soldiers arrived and stationed their vehicles in Sidney Park, waiting to go to war. (D-Day beaches of Normandy).
1945

End of Second World War.

End of Second World War.
1953

The North Sea Surge broke the sea defences, flooding the area, causing great damage.

1960

The Cleethorpes Memorial Hall opened on Wednesday 26th October. All the land along Grimsby Road was now completely full.

1963

The Royal Kinema closed for demolishing on Saturday 19th July, to be replaced with a 10 pin bowling alley.

1967

The gas holder at the bottom of Tennyson Road was demolished.

1970

The 10 pin bowling alley closed to be re-opened as Bunny’s Night Club.

1974

Saw the end of the big dipper at Wonderland (North Promenade).

1975

Bunny’s Night Club turned into Clifton’s Bingo Hall.

1982

Clifton Bingo Hall destroyed by a mysterious fire.

1982

The final curtain closed for the Ritz Cinema on 10th September.

1988

The Sharpening Stone became Grade Two Listed

The Sharpening Stone became Grade Two Listed
1988

Building of a new clock tower with four faces at the Train Station, now Grade Two listed

1992

Barcroft Junior School closed and a new School was built in Barnett Place called William Barcroft Junior School.

1993

The Ritz Cinema Site became occupied by a McDonalds fast food restaurant.

1995

The Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church built to replace the old church building, which had to be demolished due to problems with its foundations.

The Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church built to replace the old church building, which had to be demolished due to problems with its foundations.