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The Scandinavian Church in Grimsby
It’s back to Victorian Grimsby again and a look at another small slice of diverse Local History . . .

Grimsby has always had strong Nordic ties be it due to invading Vikings or Deep Sea Fishermen bringing their catch into port and further evidence of this turned up as I looked over an 1896 map of Great Grimsby in Lincolnshire.

Evidential information appears thin on the ground, something I hope we can rectify but anecdotal evidence suggests the church was formed in 1886 and as can be seen from the map it was in the West Marsh on Chapman Street.

In 1901 Rev. August Lindstrom, from Sweden, resided in Grimsby with wife and children and he was the pastor at the church. I’ve read that the church was rented and was opened in conjunction with the arrival of ships coming into port.

I’ve seen the church described as a Scandinavian Lutheran Church, I’m taking this advisedly as an another fact I’d like to pin down and perhaps add some meat to.

As always with these posts I hope this is the start of ‘it’ rather than the sum of ‘it’
If anybody knows anything at all directly connected with this church then please do leave a comment, an image of it would of course be pure nectar.

Yours,
Rod

12 Comments »

  1. V said,

    December 26, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    Newspaper archives

    20th August 1875

    4 memorial stones were laid at the newly erected Scandinavian Church in Grimsby in West Marsh near Timber Dock, by consuls and officials. The stones represented Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Hitherto, the Scandinavian community had had to worship in a private building which was becoming too crowded for worship. Compliments were extended to the community for the growing number of Scandinavian churches in Britain. After the ceremony a sumptuous banquet was laid on at the Royal Hotel where toasts were held to ministers and clergy of all denominations as Scandinavians have always advocated religious and civil liberty.

    And at last a golden nugget….

    Stamford Mercury June 1885

    A service was held at The Scandinavian Church for missionaries who were going forth. One of the speakers was Josef ka Mataka who was a prince of the family of Zulu King Cetewayo (of “Zulu” fame ) . The addresses were given in Zulu, Scandinavian, Madagascan AND English languages!

    Howzat! Cetawayo’s relative preaching in Grimsby!
    …chuffed …

  2. V said,

    December 26, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    I find no mention of the word “Lutheran” related to Grimsby Scandinavian Church although the Scottish Scandinavian Churches are referred to by this title.

  3. Rod said,

    December 26, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    V,
    your first find was wonderful but the second . . . . it could be your finest hour!

    My research matched yours on the Lutheran issue
    Yours in appreciation,
    Rod

  4. Peter Mullins said,

    December 27, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    The Churches of Norway and of Sweden (i.e. the rough equivalents of ‘The Church of England’ in the sense of having been the ‘established church’, having use of the ancient parish churches across the country etc) are Lutheran churches (i.e. Protestant, following the Reformation teachings of Martin Luther), so it would not be strange if the Scandinavian Church in Grimsby was sometimes referred to as ‘Lutheran’ even if this wasn’t part of its official title.

    Imagine someone opening a church building in a port in which Polish emigrants or sailors could worship in Polish - you would not be surprised if locals sometimes referred to the ‘Polish Catholic Church’ even though that wasn’t its official name. (This doesn’t happen, of course, because in these circumstances there are established Catholic churches which begin to put on Masses in Polish - but you get the point of the illustration.)

  5. Rod said,

    December 27, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Peter,
    many thanks indeed, very interesting and very informative.
    In appreciation,
    Rod

  6. v said,

    December 27, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Peter
    yes that does make sense.

    (Peter an aside

    Peter, Happy Christmas.

    I hope your trip was good.

    When I read your comment, I had JUST told my husband that a local church had started to do a Polish Mass. God-incidence or what! :)

  7. History Hunter said,

    December 27, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Annesley Street is still there, well the northern most part of it is, albeit devoid of residential buildings. It used to run from Adam Smith Street all the way to Corporation Road across Armstrong Street, as did Chapman Street, but the latter has disappeared completely.

    Is that the only piece of the map that you have Rod as it would be useful to be able to place it. Im guessing by the numbers it would have been between Corporation Road and Armstrong Street as it was terraced houses along there.
    From the scale of the buildings I would guesstimate that it would have been under where the modern day vehicle repair workshops are at Hartwell Ford now, not the ones accessible from Rendel Street, but at the other end of the buildings near Watkin Street South.

  8. Rod said,

    December 27, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    HH,
    that’s the full section of that part but as you say it would be nice to pin down an exact ‘today location’ as it were
    Best
    Rod

  9. JezB said,

    December 27, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    Rod,
    The source of the insurance maps of Grimsby has a facility to view them as an overlay on Google Maps and it does indeed place it in the middle of Hartwell Ford.
    Jez

  10. Rod said,

    December 28, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Jez,
    I didn’t know that, many thanks - great to have to location now as well
    Regards,
    Rod

  11. DavidE said,

    December 28, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Rod,
    according to the the 1888 Town Plan this church only had seats for 200 people.

    regards,
    DavidE

  12. Rod said,

    December 28, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    David,
    thanks you, great find and very interesting, I have to say that sounds larger than I imagined it would be
    Regards,
    Rod

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