A brief history of Scunthorpe
The North Lincolnshire town of Scunthorpe is predominantly known for its industrial heritage, particularly its steel works. Although it is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Escumesthorpe, Scunthorpe became a town in the 1850s when its population began to boom. It was in this decade that it began to exploit the rich ironstone resources that surround parts of the town and it became famous for its steel works. Scunthorpe is known as the ‘Industrial Garden Town’ thanks to its reputation as the site of the UK’s biggest steel processing centre.
In the 1960s, Scunthorpe was home to the nationalised British Steel Corporation, although this was privatised in the 1980s. Despite the dwindling fortunes of the steel industry in recent years, Scunthorpe remains well known for its steelwork history (Scunthorpe United, the town’s football team, is known as “The Iron”). Famous faces who hail from Scunthorpe include former England manager Graham Taylor, The Royle Family actress Liz Smith and golfer Tony Jacklin.
Location and travel
Scunthorpe is located in North Lincolnshire and is the county’s third largest town behind Lincoln and Grimsby. Scunthorpe Railway Station has services from Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes and to Doncaster. The town also has its own bus station located in Fenton Street, with services running in and around the town, and some routes to Hull. For those travelling by car, Scunthorpe lies north of the M180, at junction three, and the M181 – a straight two-mile motorway which links Scunthorpe to the M180.
At the heart of Scunthorpe town centre is the Foundry Shopping Centre, home to a host of big-name shops. The smaller Parishes Shopping Centre is found on Fenton Street. The town has several of the major supermarket big names, including a Sainsbury’s which was built on the old Scunthorpe United FC football ground. The history of the area and its growth thanks to the steel trade can be explored at the North Lincolnshire Museum in Oswald Road.
Live music, dance and comedy takes place at the 1,800-seat Baths Hall, in Doncaster Road. Its sister venue The Plowright Theatre, named after Scunthorpe’s own multi-award-winning actress Joan Plowright, is on Laneham Street. Central Park, which is close to the town centre, is Scunthorpe’s main park and stands next to The Pods Leisure Centre in Ashby Road. The Scunthorpe Scorpions speedway team competes at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
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