The story of a church that became a brewery. The colourful past of one of Grimsby’s most upcoming and iconic venues will be explored through a free exhibition of local history resources and art.
The event will tell the story of the Mission Church of St Barnabas (now Docks Beers), from the original temporary tin structure to the present building. It will also shed light on the life and work of its architect, John James Cresswell.
The King Edward Street area will also feature, where boxing matches at the Dockers’ Club and cabarets at the Victoria Music Hall, once described as “the worse place in Grimsby”, used to take place.
Some of the area’s slums and public houses will be explored, alongside notable landmarks, including the clock tower in the Central Market, the Liberal Club and the Newmarket Street Footbridge.
Artwork by local artist Dale Mackie titled ‘Maps of Great Grimsby’ will be on display, and visitors will also be able to record their memories of the area.
Our fantastic resources will tell the story of a historic building that has somehow survived against the odds and has now found a new use. They will also shed light on a vanished community that is still fondly remembered by many older residents of Grimsby today.Adrian Wilkinson Archivist, Lincs Inspire
The exhibition takes place Saturday, 23rd July, 12 noon until 5pm at Docks Academy (Docks Beers).
It is part of local history project ‘Streets and their Stories’, led by Lincs Inspire Libraries and North East Lincolnshire Archives, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
For more information call North East Lincolnshire Archives on (01472) 325389.