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Worsley House in Cleethorpes ~ Some History

Worsley House, Poplar Road in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
There’s a wonderful old house in Cleethorpes that I’ve been meaning to write about for ages and in the hope of finding out anything we can about the history of this wonderful but sadly neglected old building . . .

Worsley House is situated towards the end of Poplar Road in Cleethorpes, near the railway station, seafront and car park as you can see it’s seen better days but still has all the bearing of a magnificent residence . . .

Apologies for the photo but I only had my ‘Rangefinder’ with a fixed 50mm lens.
You can’t help but look at a house like this a wonder about its history, especially its recent history and seeming lack of care.

The house is in fact a listed building and was built in 1857, still has sash windows and the original slate roof.
The gateway feature looks particularly interesting though I’m not sure about the date of it.

It would seem I’m not the only one who is interested and intrigued by this house as an internet search has thrown up a Facebook page dedicated to it!
We’ve had quite a bit of success in the past of finding out interesting historical information about houses and places such as this so I hope there’s somebody out there who knows something about Worsley House.

If anybody does know anything anecdotally or from original and verifiable, i.e. not Facebook, sources then please do share them below.
Thanks and regards,


  1. Amiguru said,

    April 17, 2014 @ 9:13 pm


    Seemingly, an artist, Henry Finney lived there in 1880 according to the Post Office Directory for that year. However, according to my Kelly’s for 1885, he had then moved to Princess Road.


  2. V said,

    April 17, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    Oh Good grief … are these two just incompetent or the biggest fraudsters on the planet ?

    Samuel and Emily Barnes lived in Worsley House, Poplar Rd, Cleethorpes in the 1920’s and 30’s .

    Yorkshire Post 1930

    Samuel faced the bankruptcy courts and in 1922 owed a staggering £27,735 but claimed it was closer to only £83. He claimed his difficulties were because he owned ;-

    * Royal Cinema Cleethorpes
    * a Steam laundry in Grimsby with his wife Emily
    * Drings Hotel Grimsby
    * He had purchased the old skating rink in Cleethorpes for conversion to a cinema Super Kinema but had lost money when it burnt down
    * He used the insurance money to buy 10 cottages in Poplar Road and sold only five .

    He did not though feel he was insolvent it was more a problem with entertainment tax and the government messing him about.

    1930 his wife was sued for an unpaid dress bill of £125. Her husband was trying to buy a Grimsby Costumier business so she felt that she hadn’t needed to pay. But the judge decided he had not owned it when the dress was bought.

    Social history puts meat on the bones as ever…

  3. Amiguru said,

    April 17, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

    In 1861 Captain Thomas Keetley lived there; possibly the first occupant?


  4. Rod said,

    April 18, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    ” an artist, Henry Finney - Captain Thomas Keetley”
    This is great, already interesting people, as such a house demands really.
    Thanks for taking the time Neville, always appreciated.

  5. Rod said,

    April 18, 2014 @ 8:11 am

    That’s just fantastic, golden nuggets aplenty.
    When I did articles like this I always wonder what you may potentially unearth . . .
    Fancy owing £27,735 at that time, an incredible sum

  6. V said,

    April 18, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    It is said that “journalism is the first rough draft of history” . After that, it is up to us to extrapolate, use and determine the issues including the quality of the writer and seeing how it may have impacted on the then and now.

    I think that lessons probably have been learnt from history in many ways. Now, Samuel wouldn’t have been able to borrow so much money and if he was declared bankrupt he wouldn’t have been allowed to buy a woman’s clothes shop only 8 years later!

    Intuition, however, should play a minor role here and my gut tells me that these silly two really had ideas above their means and abilities, to be fair and compassionate to them, seriously out of their depths.

    e.g. Her husband is buying a woman’s dress shop so off she trots and spends ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE POUNDS ON A DRESS from there!! Even I, the Hyacinth Bucket of C/Hulme, wouldn’t spend that on a dress now, let alone 85 years ago.

  7. Sam said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    After a little look around it turns out that lord Yarborough (back in the 1880’s) was given the title ‘Baron Worsley’ which would imply a manchester connection (but then again, I believe lord Yarborough is still something to do with the isle of white so logic may have no say in geographical terms). There is a facebook group also, which states the build date of the property is 1857.

    For anyone wanting to look into things further, I have also found that its address is 113 Poplar Road.

  8. royston said,

    May 3, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    My late mum and dads neighbours worked at the laundry attached the the back of the house, and it was still owned by the Barnes family in the 60, s.Could it be that it was built for the officer commanding the coastguard beacon at the end of poplar road.

  9. Richie Rich said,

    July 8, 2014 @ 7:47 am

    I have lived in Poplar Road since 1981 (with a 10 year exodus on Toot Hill) and I walk past Worsley House most evenings… growing up in the street as a kid (80’s and 90’s) there was an old lady who lived there alone (with lots of cats!), I understand that she passed away sometime in the last few years and it now lies empty, I sometimes see the gardens being maintained. The facebook group has a little further information but the text from the original listing by English Heritage in December 1988 paints a fascinating picture of what lies inside:

    (north side)

    5/21 No 113 (Worsley House)

    GV II

    House. 1857. Red brick in Flemish bond with grey brick and sandstone
    ashlar dressings. Welsh slate roof. Double-depth plan with 2-room,
    central entrance-hall front, service wing to rear right. 2 storeys, 3
    bays; symmetrical. Narrower central bay recessed. Entrance has 2 stone
    steps to half-glazed panelled door with early C20 stained glass sailing
    ship design, beneath moulded cornice and stained glass overlight,
    rubbed-brick round arch with stepped ashlar keystone. Panelled roof of
    porch forms floor of segmental-bowed first floor balcony with foliate
    cast iron balustrade. [edit]
    Listing NGR: TA3041809215

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