The Grimbarians Blog

This is the place to find positive content and updates from around Grimsby’s communities.  Featuring blog posts about the town and the work we are doing at Grimbarians CIC, along with posts by guest bloggers, artists, and businesses.

Elsie Dannatt

Elsie Dannatt

Grimsby’s first female member of the naval service in the First World War received a medal for her war service.Grimsby’s first female member of the naval service in the First World War received a medal for her war service. Elsie Mary Dannatt, the daughter of a farmer,...

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Bernard ‘Bunny’ Newton

Bernard ‘Bunny’ Newton

They called him The Beast and he grabbed the headlines in the late 1960s with his antics in Iceland.Bernard ‘Bunny’ Newton was a Grimsby Skipper who became legendary during the Cod Wars. His fame came when he was sentenced to three months in prison, for breaking out...

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John Whitgift

John Whitgift

A figure who proved to be controversial during the religious unrest in the country in the reformation period was John Whitgift.Born in Grimsby sometime in the 1530s in what is now Bethlehem Street, a blue plaque marks the spot. His father Henry was a merchant. John...

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Lady Eugenia Doughty

Lady Eugenia Doughty

Eugenia Stone, a six foot tall Australian journalist captured the heart of a Grimsby knight in the early part of the 20th Century.Eugenia Stone, a six foot tall Australian journalist captured the heart of a Grimsby knight in the early part of the 20th Century. Born in...

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Sir George Doughty

Sir George Doughty

The great Grimsby philanthropist Sir George Doughty had a humble beginning but grew to great heights.Born in 1854 in Robinson Street he went to the Wesleyan Day School in George Street. At the age of 13, he left school and worked for a carpenter. He was, in later...

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Isabella Grange

Isabella Grange

January 2022 celebrates 104 years of the women’s suffragette movement. The fight for the right for women to have the vote, which was received in 1918, but then only those aged over 30.Around the country, women became involved, with demonstrations, speeches and...

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Violet Farebrother

Violet Farebrother

Grimsby saw a star of the stage and screen shine bright in the 20th Century.Grimsby saw a star of the stage and screen shine bright in the 20th Century. Violet Sutcliffe Farebrother was born in the town on 22 August 1888. Her father Ernest was the town’s architect and...

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Bertram ‘Chips’ Wood

Bertram ‘Chips’ Wood

Grimsby’s World War One fighter ace Bert ‘Chips’ Wood lived for the day. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and had 13 confirmed aerial victories. Unheard of when the average life expectancy of an RFC pilot was 11 days. He was tragically killed in a flying...

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