Spectacle Row on abbey Road in Grimsby
A quick trip into one of the most historic parts of Grimsby and a look at the marvellous ‘Spectacle Houses’
The Abbey Road and Abbey Park area of Grimsby in Lincolnshire is in a very historic spot, the name of course coming from Wellow Abbey, and has always been a highly regarded area.
There are a lot of large period homes, many now converted to commercial use, but there’s two rows of houses which are of particular interest in terms of design.
They are known locally as Spectacle Houses and the collective as Spectacle Row and, I think Clarence Terrace (We have Frank Broadhead listed as having lived at 10 Clarence Terrace) - here’s what they look like. . .
You’ll see immediately why they have that name, the round glass window, or dormers, on the roof.
The whole area is a preservation area although these houses are not specifically listed, there are restrictions as to what can be done to their appearance though.
The houses were, according to the local council preservation order, built in 1871 and are described as being two storeys high with red brickwork, bay windows.
The roofs are of blue slate with ‘Lunette Windows’ and cornice gutters with modillions.
Walking down Wellowgate to Abbey Road you can see the signs of what the area must once have looked like and once again what the town has failed to cherish.
The area is a mix of grandeur and sad decline. Many of the largest properties in Abbey Road have been turned over to commercial use, some no longer even wanted for that.
That area of Grimsby has the potential to look like some of the most expensive parts of London, from huge detached mansions, elaborate terrace rows, like above, and some nice little cottage style houses. We really have lost a lot in Grimsby and some of what has survived we’ve contaminated with inappropriate buildings or allowed usage.
It really is a cracking area and deserving of a bit of TLC and appreciation.
All the best,