"Scunny", as it is affectionately known, appeared in the Domesday Book as
Escumetorp, Old Norse for "Skuma's village". The mining of Ironstone was carried
out in the area as early as Roman times, but it was insignificant until iron ore
was rediscovered in 1859. This led to the development of the iron and steel
industry for which it became famous in the recent past. Not surprisingly, its
football team, Scunthorpe United, has the nickname 'The Iron'.|
Today the town's Plowright Theatre, Laneham St, Scunthorpe, DN15 6JP offers a varied programme of national touring and local productions, music, dance and comedy nights.
20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Church Square is situated in the converted St John's Church, a Grade II* listed building. It offers exhibitions, activities and events, an art and craft shop, and a cafe for visitors.
Originally consecrated in 1891, St John's Church eventually fell into disuse as
a place of worship and it was deconsecrated in 1984.
There then followed many years of dereliction before the church was returned to its former glory as part of this project. It was also extended on its south side with a single storey building.
The centre has a wide range of facilities including exhibition spaces , a cafe, a contemporary art and craft shop and a computer suite for public use.