Skegness is both a village and a parish that lie on the North Sea at the end of the A52 trunk road, about 12 miles north-east of Boston. Croft parish lies to the south and Winthorpe parish to the north. The parish covers about 2,150 acres. The town is noted for its six-mile-long beach. It boasts organised beach games during the summer, bars and cafes, amusements, gardens, illuminations and a thriving night life led by the Embassy Centre.
If you are planning a visit:
There are frequent train and bus services to Skegness. See our transport page for these services.
You'll know that you are THERE when you see this Sign as photographed by J. THOMAS on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.
The Skegness Lifeboat has been a popular topic of recent history, and Trevor HEWSON tells us that the original address of the Lifeboat Service (RNLI, The Lifeboat house, South Parade, Skegness) is now a souvenir shop. The new lifeboat house is on Tower Esplanade - a lot nearer to the sea. The lifeboat is still launched off a trailer, towed into the sea by a submersible tractor. The lifeboat house is normally open to the public and its walls are covered with photos of crews past and present and details of the various rescue missions that have been undertaken. The staff at the lifeboat house are happy to respond to family history enquiries (being a charity though, please at least enclose an SAE and a small donation would be welcomed).
The name Skegness is from the Old Scandinavian Skeggi, a personal name. Not mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Sceggenesse in the 12th century. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
Skegness had two newspapers, now only one is in publication. The Skegness News, in publication since 1985, published by the Welland Valley Newspapers Company. An older newspaper, dating back to the mid-1950's, the "Skegness Standard", has merged with the "Skegness News".