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Nunsthorpe is a suburb and housing estate in the western part of Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England. It Medival Nuns is situated between Laceby Road (A46) and Scartho Road (B1203), which Medeival Nuns respectively form its northern and eastern boundaries.

There are over 2,400 homes on the estate, most Medeval Nuns of these (former council properties) being owned by the Shoreline Housing Partnership. Mediveal Nuns There is a small area belonging to the Havelok/Northern Counties housing associations and a small area Medieal Nuns of private sector housing. There are a number Meideval Nuns of privately owned former council houses.

The pre-World War Two development in the eastern part of the estate is known as Old Nunsthorpe, while the post-war development is called New Nunsthorpe. To the west lies the Bradley Park Estate which contains around 430 dwellings, also mostly Shoreline properties. The combined population of Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park is approximately 8,000.

To the north, on the other side of Laceby Road, is the Grange Estate and on the eastern boundary, in Scartho Road, is Grimsby Swimming Pool. The Scartho Top private housing estate lies to the south, although there is no direct access between this estate and Nunsthorpe.

Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park are part of the Grimsby South ward, which sends three representatives to North East Lincolnshire unitary authority. These are currently one Labour and two Liberal Democrat councillors. The two estates are also within the area served by the Grimsby South Local Team of Humberside Police.


  • 1 Origins and development
  • 2 Improvement schemes and resident consultation
  • 3 Council housing stock transfer
  • 4 Community organisations
  • 5 Education
  • 6 Religion
  • 7 Facilities
  • 8 Local buildings
  • 9 External links
  • 10 References

Origins and development

Nunsthorpe takes its name from the medieval nuns that once inhabited the Augustinian priory of Saint Leonard, which stood at modern day Nuns Corner, where Scartho Road joins Laceby Road. "Thorpe" was an old word for village. The priory was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539. Later on the land was occupied by Nuns Farm and in 1954 Grimsby College, now called The Grimsby Institute of Higher and Further Education, acquired the site.

For centuries the land where Nunsthorpe now stands was comprised of open fields, which straddled the previous southern boundary of Grimsby with the neighbouring parish of Scartho. Under enclosure awards of 1798 (in Scartho) and 1840 (in Grimsby) this land was acquired by Lord Yarborough.

Pre-dating the estate, a Jewish cemetery (situated near what are now First Avenue and Cornwell Close) was consecrated in 1896. Following the end of World War One decent homes were needed for the returning servicemen. House building was started by Grimsby County Borough Council in 1920, on land bought from Lord Yarborough.

Originally called the Laceby Road Site until 1923, the new Nunsthorpe housing estate, with its modern conveniences and large gardens, was also known as Garden City. Most of the streets were named after famous people. Over the years homes were provided for young families, many of whom had been transferred from demolished slums in nearby areas.

The Anglican Saint Martin's Mission Church, a wooden building, was built during 1922 in Sutcliffe Avenue (and replaced by a new church in 1937). The first shops, including a post office, were built in Second Avenue during 1927/28 and a bus service (route 3) was introduced from Grimsby town centre to Nunsthorpe in 1928. In later years this service was extended to Cleethorpes.

Also in 1928, with the absorption of Scartho, the whole of the present Nunsthorpe area came under the control of Grimsby council. Nunsthorpe School was opened on Sutcliffe Avenue in 1931; previously children from the estate had been bussed to a school in another part of the town.

During the late 1920s a maternity hospital was established in Second Avenue, using converted council houses. This was incorporated into a new building which opened in 1933. In 1943 a number of people were killed and houses were damaged, when butterfly bombs were dropped on the estate during a German air raid on Grimsby.

In the post World War Two development the streets were mostly named after Lincolnshire villages, with the exception of Winchester Avenue and a few streets in the area of private housing (Malvern, Stratford and Warwick avenues). This council house development included the single storey prefabs. Built in 1946, they were meant to last for only ten years but endured for a much longer period.

In 1947 a large wooden hut was purchased and erected in Burwell Drive. This became the estate's earliest community centre, opened in 1949, at the same time as the formation of Nunsthorpe's first community association. 1952 saw the opening of the branch library in Wootton Road.

Saint Mark's Church (Anglican) was opened on Laceby Road in 1959, followed by Laceby Road Baptist Church in 1960 and the Laceby Road Methodist Church (initially called Saint George's) in 1970. In the late 1970s the Bradley Park Estate estate was built on land that was previously part of Bradley parish.

Improvement schemes and resident consultation

In 1992, for purposes of resident consultation, Grimsby council divided the estate into the Old Nunsthorpe, Nunsthorpe Central and Nunsthorpe West neighbourhoods. Bradley Park formed a separate neighbourhood. Each area had a steering committee which sent delegates to a co-ordinating body called the Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Forum.

At that time discussions were taking place on the possibility of setting up a Tenant management organisation in each neighbourhood. Independent consultants were brought in to canvass the views of residents and meetings were held. There was some support for the idea of TMOs, but nothing materialised.

In 1994 the Department for the Environment approved multi-million pound funding for Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park. This Estate Action scheme allowed for internal improvements to council houses and general improvements, such as better street lighting and the provision of off-road parking facilities. It also included the installation of traffic calming measures.

Most of the prefabs containing asbestos were demolished between 1994 and 1997, in spite of a campaign to retain them in a renovated capacity. Of the original 181 such prefabs only three owner-occupied ones now remain. The Havelok and Northern Counties housing associations were allocated some of the vacant land for the construction of social housing. All the prefabs of aluminium construction were renovated and are still in use.

The Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Forum became directly elected by a postal ballot of residents at two yearly periods. The forum had three sub-committees, one dealing with landlord/tenant issues, another with Estate Action improvements and a third with economic, social and cultural development on the estates. Residents, ward councillors, representatives from the local churches, schools, resource centre and police were invited to attend meetings. The forum was dissolved in 2004.

Two resident associations, Bradley Park and Nunsthorpe Central, which existed between 1993 and 1999, also sent delegates to the forum. These associations had replaced the steering committees for their respective neighbourhoods. Attempts to set up resident associations in Old Nunsthorpe and Nunsthorpe West were unsuccessful. From 1996 residents of Old Nunsthorpe were allowed to attend Nunsthorpe Central meetings with full voting rights.

A Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Youth Association was established in 1996, supervised by the two adult associations. National Lottery funding enabled this organisation to employ a full-time youth worker. During 1997 a second residents association was briefly formed on Bradley Park, in opposition to the existing group. Also in that year a short-lived Nunsthorpe South association was set up.

Council housing stock transfer

Following its introduction in 1980 some council tenants in Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park took advantage of the Right to Buy Scheme. In 2004 tenants in North East Lincolnshire were balloted on whether the council housing stock should be transferred to a housing association. Transfer would release money that was unavailable to the council for improvements to properties.

After a "yes" vote the remaining council houses on the two estates (around 1,600), together with the rest of the authority's housing stock, were transferred to Shoreline, a new locally-based housing association, in March 2005. Shoreline tenants in Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park send two delegates to the Boroughwide Tenant Assembly.

Shoreline undertook a programme of investment in the transferred properties over a period of ten years. Planned home improvements include, where necessary, modern kitchens, bathrooms, central heating, decent roofs, security doors and windows, as well as smoke alarms. However there are still parts of Nunsthorpe where it is difficult to attract tenants and houses remain boarded up.

Community organisations

A number of organisations work in Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park, supporting residents and helping to overcome anti-social behaviour by the small minority. One of these is the Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Community Association, which is based at the purpose-built community centre in Wootton Road. The centre was opened in 1985 by snooker champion Ray Edmonds. The association was revived in 2004, having previously existed between 1985 and 1994.

Other organisations include Saint Martin's Community Action Group formed in 2004, Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Tenants and Residents Association (2005), the separate Nunsthorpe Tenants and Residents Association (2006) and the Nunsthorpe Young Peoples Service in Wootton Road.

The Second Avenue Resource Centre, formerly called the Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Resource Centre, opened in 1995 on the former Sutcliffe Special School site. Nunsthorpe Forward is composed of representatives from the resource centre, estate community groups, ward councillors, Shoreline Housing, police and other agencies operating on the estate.

In 2003 a quarterly magazine called Livewire was introduced. Livewire gives news and views from around Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park. It incorporated the resource centre newsletter, "Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Matters", which had regularly been distributed to houses in the area since 1995. The N&BP residents association also circulates its own newsletter.

In 2006 the Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park United Football Club, comprised of young people, was formed. Safer Communities (North East Lincolnshire), which aims to reduce crime and increase civic pride, has an office in Burwell Drive.


The Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Children's Centre in Sutcliffe Avenue (formed in 2004 by the combination of the Sure Start Centre and Nunsthorpe Nursery School), Woodlands Acorns Daycare Centre on Bradley Park and Butterflies Day Nursery based at the resource centre, provide support for the estates' children.

Primary education is provided by the Nunsthorpe Community School (situated next to the Children's Centre) and Woodlands Primary School in Pinewood Crescent, Bradley Park. Nunsthorpe Community School was created in 2001 by the merger of the Nunsthorpe infants and junior schools.

In 1990 the Crosby first and middle schools changed their name to Bradley Park. In 1999 the Bradley Park infants and junior schools amalgamated, undergoing another change of name to Woodlands Primary School. It was the first school in the country to implement the five-term year.

Saint Mary's Roman Catholic School, a specialist languages and humanities college, is located in Wootton Road. In 2006, as part of a policy to reduce surplus school places, North East Lincolnshire Council proposed the closure of the Saint Mary's site and its merger with Matthew Humberstone Church of England School, Cleethorpes.

In 2004 The Grimsby Institute bought and renovated a disused part of the Nunsthorpe school complex in Sutcliffe Avenue. In 2006 this opened as the Institute's Nunsthorpe Community Campus, which houses animal care, building construction and horticulture courses. Its leisure facilities are available for public use.

The Nunsthorpe branch library was closed and its facilities are now based at the Sutcliffe Avenue college site, under a partnership arrangement between the Institute and North East Lincolnshire Council. The Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Tenants and Residents Association has proposed that the empty library building should be used as a club for the estate's young people.


Local churches - Saint Martin's, Saint Mark's both Church of England; Laceby Road Methodist Church and Grimsby Baptist Church, carry out an extensive range of social activities. The first three churches, together with Saint Pius X Roman Catholic Church on the Grange Estate, co-operate to provide a long-standing weekly 'pop-in' club at the Nunsthorpe Community Centre. Apart from the social aspects of the club, large sums of money have been raised for various charities, which include the Sudan famine appeal and local charities, Saint Andrews Hospice, Air Ambulance and the Child Development Centre appeal.


The Diana, Princess of Wales hospital borders Nunsthorpe and the Grimsby Community Clinic is in Kingsley Grove. There are shopping areas in Second Avenue, Sutcliffe Avenue and Bradley Park. The Nunsthorpe Business Units are in Winchester Avenue; these were built in 1994 to help residents set up their own enterprises. There is a recreation ground, a community gymnasium and a public house called the Nunsthorpe Tavern, all in Sutcliffe Avenue.

Local buildings

  • Nunsthorpe School, Sutcliffe Avenue. Opened in 1931, because of its modern design and teaching methods for that period, it was referred to as "a school ahead of its time".
  • Grimsby Maternity Hospital, Second Avenue. Opened in 1933 (and incorporating existing temporary premises), it is thought that around 175,000 babies were born there until its closure in 2004. The facilities have been moved to a new building in the nearby Diana Princess of Wales Hospital complex.
  • Saint Martin's Church, Scartho Road/Sutcliffe Avenue. Originally housed in the wooden building (from 1922) which still stands in Sutcliffe Avenue, the present church was consecrated in 1937.

External links

  • Nunsthorpe & Bradley Park Children's Centre
  • Nunsthorpe & Bradley Park Children's Centre
  • Nunsthorpe & Bradley Park Residents & Tenants Association
  • Nunsthorpe Community School
  • Nunsthorpe Youth Centre
  • Saint Martins Youth Service
  • Second Avenue Resource Centre
  • Livewire Magazine
  • Garden City Web Writers
  • Grimsby South Local Area Police Team
  • Grimsby South Council Ward


  • Grimsby Telegraph
  • Livewire magazine
  • Old Nunsthorpe, The 'Garden City' Dream, by Dr. Margaret Gerrish
  • A History of Grimsby, by Edward Gillett
  • The Book of Grimsby, by David Kaye
  • Nunsthorpe and Bradley Park Forum minutes
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