South Humberside

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South Humberside

South Humberside includes areas of the Lincolnshire and Humberside south of the River Humber. The area largely borrows its name from the former postal county of the same name. South Humberside as a postal county was introduced in 1974 and abolished in 1996 by the Royal Mail. The ceremonial county of Humberside, of which the four communities were once members, was also abolished and reconstituted as North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire during the same year. Communities within South Humberside include Scunthorpe, Barton-upon-Humber, Brigg, Barnetby, Ulceby, Immingham, Grimsby, and Cleethorpes.

South Humberside includes the industrial town of Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire. Scunthorpe is the administrative centre of the North Lincolnshire Council. The town has a population of approximately 80,016, according to the 2011 Census. Iron was mined during the Roman period and again from the mid-19th century. The steel industry is one of the area's major employers, with Tata Steel owning the largest operations. Other strong sectors in Scunthorpe include engineering, food production, distribution and retail.

Another major town in the region is North East Lincolnshire town of Grimsby, home to some 87,574 people according to the 2011 Census. Once known as Great Grimsby, the seaport is situated on the Humber Estuary. The town was established by the Danes during the 9th century, and legend has it that a fisherman by the name of Grim founded Grimsby and lent his name to the town. Grimsby developed into a fishing and trading port during the 12th century. With the arrival of railways in the 19th century, the town's port also became a centre for transporting goods, including coal. Throughout the Second World War, the port was also a hub for minesweepers that patrolled the North Sea.

The Greater Grimsby area includes Immingham and Cleethorpes. First emerging as a fishing village, the town of Cleethorpes developed as a holiday resort town during the early 19th century. According to the 2011 Census, it has a population of 34,907. Like other communities in South Humberside, Immingham is strongly linked to the sea. It was a base for submarines and other naval vessels during the Second World War. The town of approximately 11,507 people also benefits from the growth of chemical and petroleum industries along the Humber Estuary during the 20th century. Greater Grimsby remains a main centre for fish processing. Other major sectors in the area include food and drink, retail, ports and logistics, chemicals and process industries, digital media, and renewable energy.


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