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An Introduction into the Geography of Grimsby

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Introduction Grimsby is a coastal town located on the South side of the river Humber in North East Lincolnshire. Grimsby was founded in the 9th century AD by the Danish settlers, who found the natural port a useful asset. In the 12th century AD, Grimsby became a fishing and trading port. Grimsby used to be, in the 19th and 20th centuries, a booming fishing port, which traded with Scandinavian countries. But now Grimsby has changed its function as a town and is now a car port and has several fish processing plants where the old docks used to be. Grimsby has a large market in its town centre. This is a major trade hub and it is where Freshney Place, the focus of our investigation lies. The main high street of Grimsby used to be, up until Freshney Place was built, on Freeman Street. This street is very close to the docks, and provided a marketplace to sell the freshly caught fish. But when the demand for Grimsby fish declined, Freshney Place was built on Victoria Street, which is the modern high street of Grimsby, which has recently been regenerated with a fountain and new pavements and walkways. Freshney Place is located where the old docks were situated, and occupies an area next to the current high street of Grimsby. ...read more.


The land use patterns along roads are shown in the Hoyt Urban Model which is shown further on in the Introduction. The next concentric ring stands for the inner city. This area is usually, in the UK, riddled with cheap terraced housing from the Victorian era, which offers low cost, low quality housing. These houses were built for the people who worked in the fish warehouses and mills in the Zone of Transition in Grimsby- so they could be very near their place of work. Although this was good for the owners of the factories (their workers could get to work quickly and on time), it was not so good for the actual workers. Initially, it would have sounded fantastic to the poor and dirty workers- they would have loved the idea of a new home, and not having to travel in some cases for miles to their workplace. But afterwards, when they had experienced the cramped, claustrophobic conditions of the terraced house, plus the smell that the fishing industry produces, then the workers would have been sick to the teeth that they lived in that house. The latter ring is known as the Outer Suburbs. This ring consists mainly of semi- detached, medium value housing. This area, when looked upon in a map, shows different road patterns to the Terraced housing in the Inner City. ...read more.


This shows that the sphere of influence of Freshney Place in Grimsby will be approximately 10 miles. Freshney Place sells a variety of goods. The goods that I hypothesize to be dominant in the shops are clothes (middle- order). There are three main types of goods. These are:- 1. High order goods- they are expensive and rarely bought e.g. Televisions. 2. Middle order goods- infrequently purchased as they are long lasting items e.g. clothes and books. 3. Low order goods- cheap, consumable and are bought a lot e.g. milk. Pedestrian flow is the amount of people that go in and out of a specific place or building. In our case, this meant going into Freshney Place, and tallying how many people go in and out of each exit simultaneously. When tallying pedestrian flow, you have to make sure that all counts are done at the same time on the same day. This is because factors such as rush hour, weekends or bank holidays may affect the results you get- either lowering them or increasing them. In Grimsby, many office workers may go to lunch at certain times. This would increase the pedestrian flow, as Grimsby is a working class town. All in all, Grimsby is a town that has a range of geographical variety, and is the setting of our project to find the sphere of influence, shop type and pedestrian flow of the different exits in Freshney Place. ...read more.

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