The Wesleyan Methodists had a large chapel here, erected in 1885. The Primitive Methodists built their chapel on Mill Road in 1876. They also had a small mission chapel on Grimsby Road. The Baptists opened a chapel here in 1910. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
Clee is a parish including the village of Cleethorpes. The parish is centered two and a half miles southeast of Great Grimsby parish, on the shore of the Humber Estuary. The parish contained two townships in the 1800's: "Clee with Weelsby" and "Cleethorpes with Thrunscoe". The parish covered 3,580 acres in those days. The Cleethorpes Urban District covered 1,184 acres in 1913. "New Clee" is a suburb of Grimsby, in Clee parish.
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The village is just south of the A52 trunk road and just east of the A15's junction with that road.
The Romans or the Romanized Britons have left mounds on the north side of Clee village.
In Saxon times, the parish apparently had several holdings on this side of the Humber at Utterby, Oule, Holm and other smaller sites.
Clee existed at the time of the Norman conquest.
Cleethorpes was famous in the 1800's as both a bathing place and fishing village. The town was developed by the railway industry as a resort.
Clee parish was added by the Reform Bill of 1832 to the Parliamentary Borough of Grimsby. The "Municipal Borough" of Grimsby is limited to that parish.
A Coastguard Station was established here in 1858 near the Beaconthorpe hamlet, with a chief officer and four men. In 1900, a chief officer and 6 men manned the station.
A large pier, 1,200 feet long, was erected in 1872. A substantial sea-wall was also built, 20 feet high and a mile in length.
A Police Station was established here in 1878 with a sergeant and four constables to keep the peace. In 1900, there was an inspector, a sergeant and 10 constables.
The Alexandria Hall was built in 1895 as a performance theater.
Under the 1902 Cleethorpes Improvement Act about 4 acres of foreshore were reclaimed by the construction of a new sea wall some 2000 feet long and 18 ft high. By 1906 the Kingsway Gardens and a promenade had been built on the reclaimed land, and Sea Bank Road became Kingsway. >[Sheila Coy]
The Grimsby Telegraph newspaper has this photograph of the Clee Park Hotel on Trinity Street (New Clee) in its archives. Built in 1890, the hotel once greeted visitors at the edge of Cleethorpes, but It was demolished due to structural instability:
The Clee Park Hotel was a popular spot for travellers and local sports teams. These are the names associated with the hotel in various directories:
The parish was in the ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the Central Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
An Urban District Council was set up in 1894.
Jane Woodall, a former Clee resident, tells us: "Both New Clee (which isn't known by that name now) and Old Clee, where I grew up and which is still known as Old Clee, are in Grimsby. Essentially Old Clee was a village, a parish outside Grimsby. An area of rough land outside Grimsby's border was sold for development by one of the local landowners and became known as New Clee. The parish of Clee joined with Grimsby in 1888."
Grimsby and Cleethorpes are so close to each other that one side of the street can be in one town and the other side in t'other one.
Clive Asher adds: "The boundary between Grimsby and Cleethorpes runs down Clee Road between Love Lane Corner and just before you get to Beacon Court (the cul de sac) opposite Beacon Avenue. Properties on the North Side of Clee Road between these two points are Grimsby, whilst those on the south side are in Cleethorpes."
The children of Clee had an historic right to attend the Free School at Humberstone.
Humberstone Foundation School, originally founded at Humberstone in 1709 by Matthew Humberstone, was transferred to Cleethorpes in 1878.
Here is a photo of the 1900 class of the Matthew Humberston Foundation School, which was situated on Clee Road; later it became Clee Boys Grammar School. Photo taken by (and copyright of) John Readman.