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Skegness, Barlow Grocers & Provision Merchants
Skegness, Barlow Grocers & Provision Merchants
Skegness, Barlow Grocers & Provision Merchants

Auctioneer's particulars for a sale on May 2nd 1932 :-

"This outstanding property undoubtedly occupies the key position, the most valuable and prominent site in the Resort, situated facing the two main roads leading in to the Town, and within a short distance of the new arterial Lincoln Road, now nearing completion. 

Facing are two of the principal Hotels, the London and North and Eastern Railway Station, and the Head Post Office. 

The Property is admirably suited for conversion into three or even four modern shops on the ground floor, or a Departmental Store, in brief, it is adapted for almost any trade.

There is a frontage to Lumley Road of 30 feet, to Lumley Square of 46ft. 8in., to High Street of 33ft. 3in., and the whole occupies an area of approximately 178 square yards.

The Business of Grocers and Provision Merchants has been carried on by Messrs. J. Barlow in these premises for upwards of 50 years, who have also enjoyed a full and clean OFF LICENCE for the Sale of Wines and Spirits, Beer and Cider, for over 46 years"

As of 2019 the building 2-6 Lumley Road is occupied by Alisons Department Store.

 

Skegness, J.Barlow, Grocers & Provision Merchants, Alisons Department Store
Skegness, Bathing Pool
Skegness, Bathing Pool
Skegness, Bathing Pool

Skegness's open air swimming pool or lido was close to the sea front.

undated postcard

Skegness, bathing pool
Skegness, Boating Lake
Skegness, Boating Lake
Skegness, Boating Lake

Skegness Boating Lake, created between the wars was always a popular visitor attraction.

In the distance is the pier.

undated postcard by Valentine

Skegness, boating lake, valentine
Skegness, Carey House
Skegness, Carey House
Skegness, Carey House

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Convalescent Homes were established at Castle Donington for women (1883), and at Seathorne (Skegness) for men (1891) and children (1893).

In 1922 it was decided to close the children's home, sell the women's home, and acquire temporary premises in the Skegness area.

A new women's home, Carey House, was opened in Skegness in 1932.

The Convalescent Homes passed to the National Health Service in 1948.

photograph dated 1958

Skegness, Carey House convalescent home
Skegness, Casino Ballroom
Skegness, Casino Ballroom
Skegness, Casino Ballroom

The Casino on North Parade opened in 1922. As well as a ballroom it had a restaurant and indoor skating rink. It later became the Winter Gardens and then Murphy Radio Ltd's factory.

Postcard from the inter-war period by Wilford of Leicester

Skegness,
Skegness, Cental Cinema (Now Majestic Bingo)
Skegness, Cental Cinema (Now Majestic Bingo)
Skegness, Cental Cinema (Now Majestic Bingo)

"A conversion of the 1887 Central Hall, it opened as a cinema on 11th January 1922 ... Part time bingo was introduced in 1956.

Films ceased on Saturday 23 September 1962 ... It became a full-time bingo hall, which continues today"

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/48221 

An entry for the Central Hall in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 :-

"Central Hall (John H. Canning, propr.), Roman bank"

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Cental Cinema, Cental Hall, Majestic Bingo
Skegness, Clock Tower
Skegness, Clock Tower
Skegness, Clock Tower

The most famous seafront feature of Skegness is the 56-feet Clock Tower, which stands at the junction of Lumley Road with Grand Parade.

It was erected in 1898-99 by public subscription (£550) to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The architect was Edmund Winter of Liverpool and it was built by W H Parker of Boston.

Postcard, undated

Skegness, Clock Tower, Diamond Jubilee, Edmund Winter, W H Parker, Boston
Skegness, Clock Tower
Skegness, Clock Tower
Skegness, Clock Tower

An updated view of the Jubilee Clock Tower.

"At the end of Lumley Road is the town's clock tower, built in 1898-99 to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and funded through public subscription.

With the "Jolly Fisherman" mascot, it is the most recognised symbol of Skegness.

The Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower became the subject of a hoax in the Skegness Standard on 1 April 2009, when the newspaper claimed that it was about to be dismantled and moved to a museum"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skegness#Diamond_Jubilee_Clock_Tower 

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1229944 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Jubilee Clock Tower
Skegness, Clock Tower
Skegness, Clock Tower
Skegness, Clock Tower

Another view of the clock tower from an undated postcard.

Kelly's Directory 1909 reports "The Clock Tower facing the sea, at the end of Lumley road, was erected at a cost of £550, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, and inaugurated by the Countess of Scarbrough in August 1899"

Skegness, Jubilee Clock Tower, image, postcard
Skegness, County Hotel, North Parade
Skegness, County Hotel, North Parade
Skegness, County Hotel, North Parade

"The County Hotel is an elegant 1930’s building"

http://www.grandukhotels.com/our-hotels/11/county-hotel-skegness 

Built on "on the site where Billy Butlin once had a skittle alley" 

Foundation stone laid in 1935. 

https://www.bateman.co.uk/about/our-story/harry-bateman/  

Listed in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1937 :-

"County Hotel (Geo. Bateman & Son Ltd. proprs.), North par. TN 600"

DB 18 May 2019

Skegness, County Hotel, Bateman, Billy Butlin
Skegness, Cricket Club
Skegness, Cricket Club
Skegness, Cricket Club

"Skegness Cricket and Supporters Club has a long, rich and colourful history, and we have been in existence since at least 1877 ...

That it is in existence at all owes a lot to the 9th Earl of Scarborough who was instrumental in developing it, along with much of the town of Skegness" 

http://www.skegnesscc.co.uk/aboutus.html 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"There are Cricket and Lawn Tennis Grounds near the station, about 9 acres in extent, and adjoining on the south side are the Camp and Recreation Grounds, on which several regiments usually encamp each summer"

Also

"Skegness Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club (Bertram D. Foster, sec)"

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Cricket Club
Skegness, Embassy Ballroom
Skegness, Embassy Ballroom
Skegness, Embassy Ballroom

Card postmarked 13 September 1954. 

"In 1928, as part of the local authority's foreshore development, the Embassy Ballroom was built on Grand Parade.

It was remodelled in 1982 and completely rebuilt in 1999 as the Embassy Theatre Complex"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skegness 

Skegness, Embassy Ballroom
Skegness, Embassy Theatre
Skegness, Embassy Theatre
Skegness, Embassy Theatre

"First known as the Piazza, the Embassy has been located on Skegness' Grand Parade since 1926, comprising a dance hall and an area for an orchestra to play live music.

The venue was destroyed by a storm in 1978 and in 1982 was refurbished as the Embassy Centre, then again in 1999"

https://www.list.co.uk/place/54593-embassy-theatre-skegness/ 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Embassy Theatre, Piazza
Skegness, Fairy Dell Fountain
Skegness, Fairy Dell Fountain
Skegness, Fairy Dell Fountain

The Fairy Dell Fountain was part of a large complex of landscape and water features created along the front at Skegness between Grand Parade and the beach.

These attractions included areas for paddling and bathing as well as a boating lake and waterway.

Undated postcard

Skegness, Fairy Dell, Fountain, foreshore, Grand Parade,
Skegness, Gibraltar Point
Skegness, Gibraltar Point
Skegness, Gibraltar Point

Gibraltar Point, near Skegness, became a National Nature Reserve in 1984 and is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

After silting caused the end of Wainfleet as a port on the River Steeping, a small community grew up at Gibraltar Point with a pub, coastguard station, farm and cottages.

Further silting saw the end of commercial boat use in the 1920s.

Plans for a speedway track and a new town never materialised and the point was bought by Lindsey County Council in 1937 to safeguard against further development.

undated postcard

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Wainfleet
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Coastguard Station
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Coastguard Station
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Coastguard Station

Built to monitor traffic on the River Steeping and prevent smuggling.

Commercial traffic ceased in 1914 when the river became silted up.

Disbanded and sold by auction in 1926.

http://coastguardassociation.org.uk/2015/06/gibraltar-point-coastguard-1908/

The very top section of the tower was added during the Second World War as a lookout point. 

Next to the new Visitor Centre completed in 2016 - image shows some of the ongoing building works.

DB 18 September 2015

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Coastguard Station
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Dragon's Teeth
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Dragon's Teeth
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Dragon's Teeth

Anti-tank defences from World War 2.

The concrete cubes were supposed to stop tanks and amphibious vehicles driving inland. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon%27s_teeth_(fortification) 

DB 27 October 2019

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Dragon's Teeth, Anti-tank
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Pillbox
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Pillbox
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Pillbox

Type 22 Pillbox from the Second World War. 

Many were removed when the army left the site however some still remain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_hardened_field_defences_of_World_War_II 

DB 16 June 2016

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Type 22 Pillbox
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Pillbox
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Pillbox
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Pillbox

Type 22 Pillbox from the Second World War. 

Many were removed when the army left the site however some still remain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_hardened_field_defences_of_World_War_II 

DB 11 May 2018

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Pillbox
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre

A frosty view of the Visitor Centre before it was flooded following a tidal surge in December 2013 - the damage led to its subsequent demolition. 

DB 18 December 2010

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre viewed from the east - across a carpet of Sea-Lavender (Limonium Vulgare) flowers.

The centre was badly damaged by a tidal surge in December 2013 and was subsequently demolished. 

DB 1 August 2010

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre

New Visitor Centre officially opened October 2016 but as the image shows was actually in use prior to that date.

"The spectacular new £1m building replaces the former Visitor Centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013.

The new building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding"

https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/news/simon-king-officially-open-new-gibraltar-point-visitor-centre 

DB 16 June 2016

Skegness, Gibraltar Point, Visitor Centre
Skegness, Grosvenor House Hotel, North Parade
Skegness, Grosvenor House Hotel, North Parade
Skegness, Grosvenor House Hotel, North Parade

"Built in 1922 by the Spencer family"

https://www.grosvenor-skegness.co.uk/history-of-the-grosvenor/ 

DB 30 October 2019 

 

Skegness, Grosvenor House Hotel, North Parade
Skegness, Holiday Camp
Skegness, Holiday Camp
Skegness, Holiday Camp

The Derbyshire Miners' Welfare Holiday Camp at Winthorpe to the north end of Skegness was opened in May 1939.

It was the first development of the type to be constructed in this country.

Undated postcard

Skegness, Derbyshire, Miners' Welfare Home,
Skegness, Hospital
Skegness, Hospital
Skegness, Hospital

Skegness Cottage Hospital - as it was originally known - was funded by public subscription and was officially opened on 19 May 1913.

The hospital was subsequently extended on several occasions. It was later known as the Skegness and District Hospital.

The Hospital passed to the National Health Service in 1948.

Illustration from 1913

Skegness, hospital operating theatre
Skegness, hospital staff
Skegness, hospital staff
Skegness, hospital staff
The staff of Skegness Hospital in 1948
Skegness, hospital staff
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman Statue, Compass Gardens
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman Statue, Compass Gardens
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman Statue, Compass Gardens

Local signage states :-

"On 13th February 1908, the Great Northern Railway Company commissioned a painting from the artist John Hassall, to promote Skegness.

They paid £12 for the picture of a smiling, pipe-smoking fisherman bounding along a sandy beach and the slogan "Skegness is SO bracing" was added.

It was used as a poster to advertise trips from Kings Cross Station in London to Skegness for three shillings (15p).

The first trip was on Good Friday 1908, the trips were so successful the campaign ran for 5 years.

The Jolly Fisherman became John Hassall's most famous work and you'll still see "Jolly" -as he is affectionately known -illustrated in many places in Skegness" 

This statue was originally unveiled 10th May 1989 but was resited in 1996 as part of the Foreshore Regeneration Scheme.

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Jolly Fisherman Statue
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman Statue, Railway Station
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman Statue, Railway Station
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman Statue, Railway Station

Jolly Fisherman depicted walking towards the station exit, carrying a bucket and spade and trailing a suitcase on wheels behind him.

The statue by Siobhan Coppinger was unveiled in 2010. 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Jolly Fisherman Statue
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman, John Hassall
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman, John Hassall
Skegness, Jolly Fisherman, John Hassall

Blue plaque at Skegness Railway Station. 

"The Jolly Fisherman is a poster created by artist John Hassall in 1908 after he had been commissioned by the Great Northern Railways (GNR).

It is regarded as one of the most famous holiday advertisements of all time and is believed to have influenced the success of Skegness, Lincolnshire as a holiday destination.

The poster depicts a fisherman skipping along the beach, with the slogan "Skegness is SO bracing".

There are different versions of the poster, however, the fisherman and the slogan are always part of the design.

He is now the mascot for Skegness and celebrated his 100th birthday in 2008.

"The Jolly Fisherman" is also the name of places located in Lincolnshire, such as a restaurant, a resort, among others"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jolly_Fisherman 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Railway Station, Blue Plaque, Jolly Fisherman, John Hassall
Skegness, Lion Hotel (Now Red Lion)
Skegness, Lion Hotel (Now Red Lion)
Skegness, Lion Hotel (Now Red Lion)

"This building was originally the Lion Hotel, built in 1881, with a large, red, stone lion on the roof.

In 1904, the lion was placed at ground level, and the pub soon became known as The Red Lion, with its location dubbed Lion’s Corner ...

Unfortunately the statue has since been removed, and the Lumley Road frontage of the lion was converted into shops in 1984"

https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pub-histories/england/lincolnshire/the-red-lion-skegness  

DB 30 October 2019 

Skegness, Lion Hotel, Red Lion
Skegness, Lumley Hotel
Skegness, Lumley Hotel
Skegness, Lumley Hotel

Pevsner states :-  

"In Lumley Square the railway station faces the Lumley Hotel, built between 1879 and 1883, one of the town's early crop of architecturally ignorant buildings"

The entry in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1889 reads :-

"Lumley Hotel Co. Limited (William Ross Cattanagh, manager)"

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Lumley Hotel
Skegness, Lumley Road
Skegness, Lumley Road
Skegness, Lumley Road

Lumley Road and High Street Skegness converge at a point close to the foreshore.

This early twentieth century photograph looks westwards away from the sea and provides a view down both streets.

To the left, on High Street, is Hildred's Hotel, which was established in the mid-nineteenth century well before the explosive growth of Skegness as a seaside resort.

The hotel is now the site of a small shopping arcade.

Undated postcard

Skegness, Lumley Road, High Street, Hildred's Hotel,
Skegness, Lumley Road
Skegness, Lumley Road
Skegness, Lumley Road

The view down Lumley Road, Skegness, towards the sea.

Most of the town's retail businesses were situated along this road and on High Street, which runs roughly parallel to it.

At the far end is the Clock Tower, 56 feet high, built in 1898-99 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

(Lumley is one of family names of the Earls of Scarbrough, principal landowner in the town.)


Undated postcard

Skegness, Lumley Road, Clock Tower, Earl of Scarbrough,
Skegness, National Endowed School
Skegness, National Endowed School
Skegness, National Endowed School

Former school now Hunters Estate and Letting Agents.

"Hunters Turner Evans Stevens in Skegness has its origins dating back around 100 years and it has been trading from the current office since 1959"

https://www.hunters.com/about-us/offices/skegness 

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1899 states :-

"National Endowed School, Roman Bank (mixed), built in 1880, at a cost of £1,500, for 250 children; average attendance, 174:

the school has an endowment of £20 yearly, left in 1860 by William Everington esq. of London; Abraham Porter, master"

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, National Endowed School
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier

Skegness pier was built in 1881 and was the fourth longest in England at 1843ft (562m).

The seaward end of the pier boasted a fine pavilion and concert hall.

Popular steamship pleasure trips across the Wash to Hunstanton on the Norfolk coast operated from a landing stage nearby.

Postcard, 1912

Skegness, pier, steamers,
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier

A severe storm on the night of 11/12 January 1978 destroyed almost half of the pier.

The concert hall was demolished some years later and little now remains of the original structure.

Ken Redmore, 2004

Skegness, pier, storm damage,
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier

The exceptional length of Skegness Pier - over one-third of a mile - can be appreciated in this unusual view of Skegness pier, looking from the pier head towards the land.

Undated postcard

Skegness, pier,
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier
Skegness, Pier

Skegness Pier was completed in 1881; at 1843 ft (562m) it was the fourth longest in Britain and cost about £20,000.

card in Valentine's Series, posted 1910

Skegness, pier, Valentine
Skegness, pier entrance
Skegness, pier entrance
Skegness, pier entrance

The entrance to the pier at Skegness was designed by Clarke & Pickwell of Hull and was remodelled in 1936.

Two kiosks on either side of the entrance were at one time occupied by a barber and a palmist.

card by Cotman-Color, posted 1955
Skegness, pier entrance, Clarke & Pickwell of Hull
Skegness, Pier, View
Skegness, Pier, View
Skegness, Pier, View

View from the end of Skegness pier towards a jack-up barge supporting the Lynn and Inner Dowsing Wind Farms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_and_Inner_Dowsing_Wind_Farms 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Pier, Lynn Wind Farm, Jack-up barge
Skegness, Police Headquarters
Skegness, Police Headquarters
Skegness, Police Headquarters
The police headquarters in Skegness - the principal one for the east of the county - was built in 1974.
Skegness, police station
Skegness, Post Office / Telephone exchange
Skegness, Post Office / Telephone exchange
Skegness, Post Office / Telephone exchange

Architect Henry Rees 1929.

http://britishpostofficearchitects.weebly.com/skegness.html 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Post Office, telephone exchange.
Skegness, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Skegness, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Skegness, Primitive Methodist Chapel

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1905 states that :-

"The Primitive Methodist chapel, erected in 1884 on the Roman Bank, at a cost of £250, and rebuilt in 1899 at a cost of £2,070, has sittings for 500 persons"

Also

"Primitive Methodist, Roman Bank (Alford Circuit); 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m Rev. Enoch Allport"

A church parlour was added and opened on 27/2/1924.

The last service was held on 30/9/1979.

Now standing empty and derelict. 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Primitive Methodist Chapel, Church
Skegness, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Skegness, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Skegness, Primitive Methodist Chapel

Details of inscription on the west front.

Also an image of the date stone from lower down.

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Primitive Methodist, Chapel, Church
Skegness, Railway Station
Skegness, Railway Station
Skegness, Railway Station

"The line to Wainfleet was opened in August 1873 by the Wainfleet and Firsby Railway. This line was then extended to Skegness; the station opened on 28 July 1873.

Skegness was dubbed "the Blackpool of the East Coast" or "Nottingham by the Sea", and has a mascot, the Jolly Fisherman (designed by John Hassall in 1908 for the Great Northern Railway), and a slogan - Skegness is so bracing - a reference to the chilly prevailing north-easterly winds that can and frequently do blow off the North Sea.

A statue of The Jolly Fisherman now greets passengers as they arrive at the station when entering through the main entrance"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skegness_railway_station 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Railway Station
Skegness, Railway Station
Skegness, Railway Station
Skegness, Railway Station

"General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD) DB Schenker Class 66 diesel No. 66040 at Skegness Station with a rake of tankers. 

As the line terminates here there was a second similar diesel at the opposite end to allow the tankers to be hauled out of the station in the reverse direction. 

A passenger train, arriving from Nottingham, can just be seen in the far distance beyond the signal box. 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Railway Station
Skegness, Railway Station
Skegness, Railway Station
Skegness, Railway Station

Arrivial of Super Sprinter 156473 from Nottingham.

"The British Rail Class 156 Super Sprinter is a diesel multiple unit train.

A total of 114 sets were built between 1987 and 1989 for British Rail by Metro-Cammell's Washwood Heath works.

They were built to replace elderly first-generation DMUs and locomotive-hauled passenger trains"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_156 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Railway Station, Super Sprinter 156473
Skegness, Railway Station, Signal Box
Skegness, Railway Station, Signal Box
Skegness, Railway Station, Signal Box

"Skegness signal box is a Type 1 box of the Great Northern Railway (GNR), the earliest of which appeared in 1872.

Type 1 boxes were built of brick or timber, the last all-brick examples dating to the 1890s.

The signal box at Skegness, the largest surviving example of its type, was built in 1882 and extended by the addition of an extra bay in 1900 to accommodate a new Railway Signal Co. tappet lever frame.

This is one of only two lines where the whole signalling process remains fully mechanical"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1413516 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Railway Station, Signal Box, Great Northern Railway
Skegness, Railway Station, Weighing Machine
Skegness, Railway Station, Weighing Machine
Skegness, Railway Station, Weighing Machine

Former station weighing machine.

"TO WEIGH 20 CWT

HENRY POOLEY & SON

BIRMINGHAM & LONDON" 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Railway Station, HENRY POOLEY & SON
Skegness, Royal Hotel
Skegness, Royal Hotel
Skegness, Royal Hotel

The Hotel's website states :-

"The Royal Hotel is an elegant 19th century hotel, constructed in the year of 1890.

Possessing a chequered past, the hotel has been a Victorian school, Royal air force convalescent home, hotel on several occasions, second world war communications centre and Victorian spa baths to name but a few!"

http://www.theroyalhotelskegness.co.uk/index.html#history 

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Royal Hotel
Skegness, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Skegness, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Skegness, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church

"The first Catholic church in Skegness was built in 1898. This survives as the church hall on the corner of Cavendish Road.

Plans for a new church in the 1930s were delayed first by war and then by delays in obtaining building licences.

Finally in December 1949 the foundation stone of the present church by Reynolds & Scott was laid by Bishop Ellis, who returned to open the completed church on 30 July 1950"

https://taking-stock.org.uk/building/skegness-sacred-heart/ 

Located at 22 Grosvenor Road.

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart
Skegness, Sacred Heart, Church Hall
Skegness, Sacred Heart, Church Hall
Skegness, Sacred Heart, Church Hall

Original church building 1898 now the church hall.

The entry in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 reads :-

"Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart & Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Grosvenor road; Rev. Charles B. Croncher, priest; mass, 9.30 a.m. ; dev. & benediction, 6 p.m. ; daily mass, 8 a.m. ; dev. & bened. wed. 7 p.m"

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart
Skegness, Sacred Heart, Church Hall
Skegness, Sacred Heart, Church Hall
Skegness, Sacred Heart, Church Hall

The Latin inscription might mean "I will give you the keys of the kingdom"

DB 30 October 2019

Skegness, Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart
Skegness, Scarbrough Avenue
Skegness, Scarbrough Avenue
Skegness, Scarbrough Avenue

Although this postcard is entitled "Lumley Road" it is a view of Scarbrough Avenue, looking west towards Powlett Circus.

undated postcard

Skegness, Scarbrough Avenue
Skegness, St Clement
Skegness, St Clement
Skegness, St Clement

St Clement's Church, Skegness, is the original parish church of the town.

It was built shortly after disastrous floods in the sixteenth century.

It has been disused for many years though the graveyard remains open.

Undated postcard

Skegness, St Clement, church, redundant,
Skegness, St Clement
Skegness, St Clement
Skegness, St Clement

View of St Clement's church from the north-west.

The short and stumpy tower probably dates from the thirteenth century but other elements of the church are from a later period.

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

 

Skegness, St Clement church
Skegness, St Clement
Skegness, St Clement
Skegness, St Clement

Much of the nave of the church was rebuilt in brick in the eighteenth century. James Fowler of Louth was responsible for restoration in 1884.

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Skegness, St Clement church, James Fowler
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew

In the late-nineteenth century, as part of a major development of Skegness largely controlled by the principal landowner, the Earl of Scarbrough, a new church was built and dedicated to St Matthew.

The architect, James Fowler of Louth, chose the Early English Gothic style.

The foundation stone was laid in 1879 and the church consecrated (though incomplete) in 1880.

A tower planned for the west end (extreme left in the photograph) was never built.


Undated postcard

Skegness, St Matthew church, Earl of Scarbrough, James Fowler
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew

A fine wintertime view of St Matthew's church from the south.

Frank Skelton, 1970s

Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew

St Matthew's church viewed from the west along Scarborough Avenue. 

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Skegness, St Matthew church, Earl of Scarbrough, James Fowler
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew
Skegness, St Matthew

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1889 states :-

"The church of St. Matthew, erected in 1880, is a building of, Ancaster stone, in the Early English style, from designs by Mr. James Fowler F.R.I.B.A. of Louth, and consists of chancel, clerestoried nave of five bays, aisles, porch, organ chamber and the lower stage of the tower:

the total estimated cost is £7,870:

the Countess of Scarbrough laid the first stone, November 5th, 1879.

The register dates from the year 1653.

The living is a rectory, tithe rent-charge £140, net yearly value £200, including 16 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Earl of Scarbrough, and held since 1880 by the Rev. Francis Baldwin B.A. of Jesus College, Cambridge, and surrogate"

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Skegness, St Matthew church, Earl of Scarbrough, James Fowler
Skegness, St Paul's Baptist Church
Skegness, St Paul's Baptist Church
Skegness, St Paul's Baptist Church

Pevsner states that :- 

"St Paul's Baptist Church, Beresford Avenue. 1911 by John Wills & Sons, in the typical free Gothic of Nonconformist chapels of its date, with the equally typical asymmetrical NE (ritually SW) tower"

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Skegness, Saint Paul's Baptist Church, John Wills & Sons
Skegness, St Paul's Baptist Church
Skegness, St Paul's Baptist Church
Skegness, St Paul's Baptist Church

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1905, before the present building which dates from 1911, stated that :-

"St. Paul's Baptist church is an iron building, erected in 1894, in the Lumley road, and will seat 500 persons"

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Skegness, Saint Paul's Baptist Church
Skegness, Tower Cinema
Skegness, Tower Cinema
Skegness, Tower Cinema

"Built and opened by local exhibitor Fred Clements, the Tower Cinema opened on 27th March 1922"

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/25355 

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Skegness, Tower Cinema, Fred Clements
Skegness, Town Hall
Skegness, Town Hall
Skegness, Town Hall

Pevsner states that :-

"TOWN HALL , North Parade. Built as a convalescent home in 1926 by W. H. Ansell. Neo-Georgian and not without merit.

Large central block with wings at an angle linked to lower pavilions. Brick with plenty of stone dressings.
 
Stark giant pilasters to the entrance front, and crowning the roof a lantern with a wooden balustrade.
 
Gatepiers with ball finials set half within concave bases" 

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Skegness, Town Hall
Skegness, Town Hall
Skegness, Town Hall
Skegness, Town Hall

Main entrance to the central block.

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Skegness, Town Hall
Skegness, War Memorial
Skegness, War Memorial
Skegness, War Memorial

This memorial is situated on the south side of St Matthew’s church and was unveiled on 15 November 1923 - the event shown in this photograph.

It is similar in design to the Cross of Sacrifice found in Commonwealth War Grave cemeteries.

Skegness lost 70 men in the First World War.

Skegness, war memorial
Skegness, War Memorial
Skegness, War Memorial
Skegness, War Memorial

"1914 - 1919

TO HONOUR BEFORE GOD AND MAN, ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR SPECIALLY THE MEN OF SKEGNESS, WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED ON THIS MEMORIAL.

AND 1939 - 1945"

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Skegness, War Memorial
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church

The site of the Methodist Chapel in Algitha Road was given by the Earl of Scarbrough and the chapel was built for £1800 in 1882.

Seating in the chapel was for 600 (at a time when the population of the town was only 1358).

The front and east walls of the chapel (seen here) were seriously damaged in an air raid on Skegness on 16 February 1941. Full repairs, costing £3250, were delayed until the late 1940s.

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Skegness, Methodist Church, Algitha Road, Earl of Scarbrough, air raid
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church

The entry in Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1889 gives details of the Sunday services :-

"Wesleyan, Algitha road, Rev. D. Eyre & Rev. J. Grice, ministers ; 10.30 a.m. & 6. 30 p.m."

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Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist, Church, Chapel
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church, Foundation Stone
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church, Foundation Stone
Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist Church, Foundation Stone

One of several foundation stones.

Architect named as Chas. Bell and the contractor as JNO Holmes. 

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Skegness, Wesleyan Methodist, Church, Chapel