Scartho is a suburb located in the southern part of Grimsby, England, in the county of North East Lincolnshire. with a population of around 11,000. Up until the end of the Second World War it was a village; subsequent post-war expansion on the greenfield areas between Scartho and Grimsby has resulted in the village becoming a suburb.

It is a very desirable area of North East Lincolnshire to live in, due to good quality housing, good schools, regular buses into Grimsby town centre, a relatively low crime rate, and the suburb having a 'village' atmosphere. The property prices in Scartho reflect this. Its population has been boosted due to recent urban developments such as the one at Scartho Top.

Although the creation of the Peaks Parkway ten years ago was intended to take existing traffic volume pressure off Scartho, the development of Scartho Top and the popularity of areas to the south of the town (served by Louth Road and Waltham Road, the two main roads out south of Grimsby) have also led to large increases in the volume of traffic in the suburb: Scartho Road can often be gridlocked at rush hour times.

The area has a large retail availability with a Spar mini-supermarket on Waltham Road, surrounded by a number of other businesses including take-aways and a pharmacy. The supermarket houses the village Post Office after the long-established facility in Pinfold Lane closed in 2000. At this time and following the general trend, one of the villages' two banks (Lloyds TSB - previously a "Lloyds Bank") closed after 33 years of service.

On Louth Road can be found a number of other businesses including a veterinary clinic, a newsagents, a building society and a pet store (amongst others).

= History =

Although Anglo Saxon in origin, the earliest recorded reference to Scartho was in the Domesday Book in 1086. The Church of 1086, which incorporated Saxon work said to date from 1042, is substantially the same today, although with more recent extensions. The tower was probably completed in the early Eleventh century. The church is dedicated to Saint Giles.

In the first census of the United Kingdom in 1801 Scartho had 135 inhabitants. The population has grown rapidly ever since.

In 1894 a workhouse and infirmary were built at a ten acre site on the west-side of Scartho Road to the south of Grimsby. These new buildings were opened on 9th October 1894 by the Right Honourable J Shaw-Le-Fevre. Following the Local Government Act of 1929, the workhouse came under the control of Grimsby Town Council's Public Assistance Committee and was renamed Scartho Road Institution. After the introduction of the National Health Act in 1948 it became a general hospital. For many years it was known as Grimsby District General Hospital. Following the erection of the new Princess of Wales' hospital to the south of the site, a number of the former workhouse buildings have been demolished or stand empty. Others are still used for administrative or ancillary services.

In 1916 13 bombs were dropped on Scartho by a German Zeppelin; fortunately no one was killed or even injured. The site of where one bomb fell is now home to a branch of Barclays Bank, an opticians, a few shops and a Dance School. At the side of the building is a plaque commemorating this event. A monument giving thanks that no one was hurt can be found at a spot where another bomb fell, in the churchyard of the nearby parish church of St. Giles, itself believed to be nearly a thousand years old. The church itself was badly damaged in the attack.

Scartho was a separate civil parish until 1928. Its northern boundary included part of the area that now forms the Nunsthorpe housing estate. In that year the greater part of the village was absorbed by Grimsby, with a small part being attached to the parish of Waltham.

Before the Second World War building work commenced on what had been Green Belt land. These constructions include properties along Scartho Road and the roads off it, including Cragston Avenue, Limetree Avenue and Sycamore Avenue.

The village saw significant post-war growth following the then government-policy of local councils building houses to replace those damaged in the war. This led to the development of three estates on green-belt land around the village: Springfield, Fairfield and (on a smaller-scale) the area around Edge Avenue. As part of this rapid growth three schools were created - Springfield First and Middle schools, Fairfield First and Middle schools and Scartho First and Middle schools (in Edge Avenue).

In 1958 the village received its first public house, the "Rose and Crown" on Louth Road. The "Seven Seas" opened in 1962 in Springfield.

In 1960 the local council built a swimming pool at the northern-most tip of the village boundary, next to the Barratts Playing Field.

In 1965 the construction of a new shopping arcade on Waltham Road improved shopping facilities in the area, followed a few years later by a similar development on the junction of Louth Road and Pinfold Lane which housed two banks and several retail premises.

And between 1974 and 1982 the village saw the construction of the town's new hospital, the "Grimsby District General Hospital", next to an existing smaller site. It was opened in 1982 by Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales. After her death in 1997 it was renamed the "Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital". The nearby Scartho Top development began in the mid 1990s.

Notable connections

*Richard A Collins (1966) - scientist and author, best known for his 2005 techno-thriller Under A Blood Red Sky (novel), lived with his parents in Holton-le-Clay and Scartho for most of his youth.

See also

*North East Lincolnshire

External links

* [ Scartho Village Website]
* [ Scartho Village Portal]

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