Immingham, North East Lincolnshire

The year following that of the trial of the Scrooby congregation at Boston Guildhall, the Pilgrims make another - this time successful - attempt to escape.

In 1608 the Separatists secured the services of a Dutch boat and her captain to take them to Holland. One of the group, Francis Hawkins fell ill - his body is buried in St. Andrews Church graveyard. The Dutch captain set sail from Immingham Creek with only the men - the women and children were to later join them in Holland - their journey no doubt full of perilous challenges.

Immingham Creek is now part of the large port of Immingham, the largest port by tonnage in Great Britain. St. Andrew's Church welcomes visitors and in 2019 will be celebrating its 800th year anniversary.  On the nearby green, Pilgrim Park, is a memorial to those who made the journey, the Pilgrim Monument.  The memorial was organised in 1924 by the Anglo-American Society and is made with rock from Plymouth, Massachusetts.

 

Visiting Immingham

Immingham is located in North East Lincolnshire on the East coast of England. The town's museum tells the local history and how the area became home to one of the UK's largest ports. Many street names are named after the passengers of the Mayflower - you will spot Bradford, Clyfton and more as you travel around the town.

On the banks of the Humber Estuary, the nearby resort of Cleethorpes is very popular with visitors with a beautiful sandy beach and year-round attractions. Once a tiny fishing village famous for its oysters, in the 19th century it developed into a health resort, popular for its therapeutic bathing and iron rich mineral waters.  Today it attracts visitors who come to enjoy its lovely beaches, long promenade, recently renovated pier and gardens. It is also a great place for bird watching.  You can spot Curlew, Great Black Backed Gulls, Ring Plover, Redshank, Oyster Catchers and Black Headed Gulls.  The sand dunes on part of the beach are designated as a local nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest due to their rich flora and fauna and have some of the best wildflower meadows in Lincolnshire.

Nearby, Great Grimsby is a large coastal town that originated as a Viking settlement during the 9th century and has developed as a major sea port, once hosting the largest fishing fleet in the world.  These days, whilst food is still a major driver in the town, being home to over 500 food processing companies, it is a key player in the emerging renewable energies industry.

Discover life for British trawlermen by visiting the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and experience the sights, sounds and smells as a 1950’s trawlerman and his family. Take a guided tour of the historic Ross Tiger to experience the conditions aboard one of our earliest surviving diesel side-trawlers.  Explore the Time Trap Museum at Grimsby Town Hall and uncover the town’s colourful past in the old police cells mapping the development of the town.

South of Immingham you will find the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds. Rolling hills with pretty English villages showcasing some of England's finest countryside.

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