Archives & Heritage
The Local History library is situated in Grimsby Central Library and can be accessed via the lending library. It provides a wealth of information for researchers into the history of the area and for those who have a general interest in the past.
The opening hours are the same as for other Grimsby Central Library departments. All items are for consultation only within the department and cannot be borrowed. It is possible to photocopy from most of them, subject to condition and copyright restrictions.
The geographical areas covered are the historic County of Lincolnshire from the Humber to the Wash prior to 1974, and the Counties of Humberside and Lincolnshire and their component districts 1974 – 1996. Since 1996 the collection has focused on the area covered by the North East Lincolnshire Unitary Authority with a limited coverage outside the area South of the Humber.
Additional local studies materials are available at the North East Lincolnshire Archives Office, situated at the rear of the Town Hall.
The stock consists of:
- Maps and plans
- Newspapers on microfilm
- Newspaper cuttings
- Photographs – including an online collection where images can be purchased.
Browse more specific information below:
These documents are extremely rare and give a revealing insight into the political life of 17th Century Lincolnshire. One pamphlet highlights: “a discovery of the Arbitrary, Tyrannicall (sic), and illegal (sic) Actions of some of the Committee of the County of Lincoln.” (1647).
Digitised versions of the pamphlets can be viewed in the Local History Library at Grimsby Central Library. For more information contact (01472) 323635.
North East Lincolnshire 1996-Date
Pre and post enclosure maps for most villages in the area. These are useful for showing the original boundaries of the settlements before Ordnance Survey maps to a constant scale in the 1880’s.
OS maps of Lincolnshire in various scales from 1 : 50,000 (1″ to 1 mile) to 50″ to a mile for built up areas from 1888 to the present day. We also keep a large range of historical maps from the pre-1888 era but these are not to a constant scale.
Street Plans – Historical and Modern
An extensive collection of street maps and plans which are useful for tracing the development of a particular area, and when used in conjunction with the Directories they can be used to trace the location of now demolished buildings.
Microfilmed newspaper reels start from 1793, (Lincolnshire, Rutland and Stamford Mercury), with various local newspapers being available, such as the Grimsby News, from 1876, and the Grimsby Telegraph, from its infancy, in 1897.
Since the 1960’s cuttings are kept on a wide range of subjects classified by place and then subject.
|Coast and Country||1979 – 1981 (incomplete)|
|East Coast Digest||1972 – 1977 (incomplete)|
|East Midlands Bibliography||1970 –|
|East Midlands Geographer||1970 –|
|East Midlands Bibliography||1970 –|
|Epworth Review||1976 – 1986|
|Grimsby Parish Gazette||1974 –|
|Humberside Church Magazine||Oct 1964 –|
|Lincoln Railway Society Journal||1985 – 1986|
|Lincolnshire and Humberside Transport Review||1973 –|
|Lincolnshire Family Historian||1981 –|
|Lincolnshire Historian||1947 – 1965|
|Lincolnshire Life||1947 – 1965|
|Lincolnshire Past and Present||1990 –|
|Lincolnshire Transport Review||1963 – 1973|
|Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society||1967 –|
|Lincolnshire Writers||1966 – 1974|
|Mercian Geologist||1964 –|
|Midland History||1971 –|
|North Midlands Bibliography||1963 – 1969|
|Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society||1898 – 2000|
|Transcriptions of the Lincs Naturalists Union||1905 – 1992|
The Library provides a photographic reproduction service subject to condition and copyright. Please call the Local History Library on (01472) 323603/323635 for more information.
- Notices of elections
- Notices of regattas
- Temperance meetings
- Theatre bills
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