The history of Skegness    


From time to time we are asked for a little information relating to Skegness of the past, for example, how did the resort develop? Why is Skegness so popular today? What was it like to take a holiday here 60 years ago? Who really is the Jolly Fisherman?

History of Skegness

Image of Skegness Pier - 1930s
Image of Cafe
Surprisingly, before the development of the railway system in the late 1800's, Skegness was little more than an insignificant coastal village. Wainfleet, some 5 miles inland, had a far more coloured history than its current larger neighbour to its east.
Skegness Pier (1930's
Sunshine Cafe
Fairground attraction 1930's
Image of Man or Beast attraction - 1930s
Tourism began at the turn of the century with the development of the railway networks when, for the first time, ordinary working people from the midlands were able to economically visit the coast, and enjoy the miles of golden beaches and fresh air of the coast.
Fairground attraction 1930's
Man or Beast attraction 1930's

Thus early coastal tourism was born. The town was possibly at the height of its popularity in the 1920's and 1930's, prior to the mass ownership of motor cars following World War 2.

This section will be updated as more information becomes available. We would be very pleased to hear from any person who may wish to add or publish information that may be of use to others.

We hope that this feature will provide useful information of life in Skegness of the past for the benefit of future generations..Non-commercial and educational usage may be copied at will. We do request that commercial operators contact us prior to distributing or reselling our work, and to this effect the publication is protected by copyright laws.


History Links

Image od Bowling Greens
How it all began
The 1930's
World War II
A tribute to the Morris School of the 60's


We extend a personal thanks to the late Harold Fainlight MBE, JP. for encouragement and invaluable information that has enabled this section to be published.


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