What is Scunthorpe is well-known for?
Scunthorpe is an industrial town situated in North Lincolnshire, which sits within the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire. It is the county’s third biggest settlement, with a population of over 80,000 residents. An industrial town, Scunthorpe is the UK’s largest steel processing centre, often referred to as the ‘Industrial Garden Town’.
The town actually first came about due to the exploitation of the local resources of ironstone, and the formation of iron works that accumulated from the 1850s onwards, increasing the local population rapidly. The town became an urban district during 1891, and then a municipal borough in 1936. Scunthorpe appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Escumesthorpe’, from the Old Norse ‘Skumasporp’ meaning ‘Skuma’s homestead’, a historical site which is believed to be in the town centre close to where the modern Market Hill sits.
Scunthorpe is home to a rich and bustling culture, with the Scunthopre Co-operative Junior Choir even winning the title of BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year in 2008 at the Grand Finals in London’s Royal Festival Hall. The choir consists of 90 members aged between 9 and 19. The town was also the setting of a 2012 Cultural Olympiad community opera called Cycle Song, composed by Tim Sutton, about an ex-steel-worker and Olympic cyclist called Lal White. The choir even participated in the production, along with a thousand locals and the Proper Job Theatre Company.
Attractions in Scunthorpe include the North Lincolnshire Museum sits near the railway station on Oswald Road, as well as the Visual Arts Centre, formally the church of St John the Evangelist. There is also the Plowright Theatre, dedicated to John Plowright, which is situated on Laneham Street. The Baths Hall, another popular venue, hosts theatrical events with a capacity of almost 2000 guests.