Humberston shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||140 mi (230 km) S|
|District||North East Lincolnshire|
|Unitary authority||North East Lincolnshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
Boundary and population
The village's boundary with Cleethorpes runs along North Sea Lane and Humberston Road. Its population in the 2001 census was 5,384, increasing to 5,634 at the 2011 Census. The Prime Meridian runs east of Humberston, through the Thorpe Park caravan site.
The Danes landed at the site of the village in 870. Humberston (or Humberstone, as the village was first known) takes its name from a large boulder, the "Humber Stone", which was deposited on the site of the former Midfield Farm during the last Ice Age. The boulder may be seen at the entrance to the village library, near St Peter's Church. The boulder at the entrance to the former library was discovered in the winter of 1956/7 while deep ploughing was taking place on the big field at Midfield Farm. two years later it was moved to Wendover Paddock in the village, and when the new library was built it was moved there. There is no evidence whatsoever that this is the actual stone from which the village gets its name, but it was described by Professor H H Swinnerton and Sir William Pugh of Hull University as a glacial boulder of Scottish origin of the type from which the village may have got its name. The "e" at the end of the name was later dropped to avoid confusion with a place with the same name.
The oldest (and tallest) building in Humberston is St Peter's Church. Although the church was rebuilt about 1710, the tower is over seven hundred years old. At the rear of the church is the site of the former Humberston Abbey of Benedictine monks, which was founded during the reign of Henry II and dedicated to Saints Mary and Peter. Although nearly all that remains is the monks' mound in the manor-house garden, stone sarcophagi have been excavated. The Wesleyan Methodists built a small chapel on Humberston Avenue in 1835, and a larger replacement chapel was built in 1907. An early wireless station was built in 1910.
Education, sports and government
A comprehensive school, Humberston Academy (formerly known as the Humberston School and the Humberston Maths and Computing College) is located on Humberston Avenue. Next to the academy is one of the village's primary schools, Humberston Cloverfields Primary School. Humberston FC play in the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League.
The North East Lincolnshire Council has one ward (Humberston and New Waltham Ward) encompassing the village. Humberston's representatives are:
- Stephen Harness (UK Independence Party)
- Steve Norton (Conservative Party)
- John S Fenty (Conservative Party)
Places of interest
A man-made lake off North Sea Lane is in the centre of Cleethorpes Country Park. The park has picnic benches, fishing jetties and dog-swimming and wildlife areas. It is home to Canada geese and other wild birds.
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- "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 17 August 2015.
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- Historic England. "Humberston Abbey (81877)". PastScape. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Historic England. "Wesleyan chapel (1378878)". PastScape. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
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- Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League
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- "Humberston Fitties". N E Lincolnshire council. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
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- Humberston Happening
- Article about building in the Fittes conservation area