Until comparatively recently
this ancient port was one of the most important in
Britain, but it went into decline following the
so-called Icelandic ‘cod wars’ and, later, the
enforced reduction in European fish catches. The
town’s story really began in the 10th century when
a Dane named Grim landed on the shore of the
Humber and started selling fish to the locals.|
Today the port still helps
to keep Britain stocked with fish and chips
though its real heyday was in the 19th century
when unsalted fish could be quickly
transported inland on new-fangled trains.
The largest town on Lincolnshire’s east coast, Grimsby itself now lies half a mile from the sea. Its finest building is the medieval Church of James, which has a 14th century tower.