Scunthorpe is a town in Lincolnshire, England. It is the administrative centre of the North Lincolnshire unitary authority, and had an estimated total resident population of 65,163 according to the 2011 census. A predominantly industrial town, Scunthorpe, the United Kingdom's largest steel processing centre, is also known as the "Industrial Garden Town". It is the third largest settlement in Lincolnshire, after Lincoln and Grimsby. Scunthorpe as a town came into existence due to the exploitation of the local ironstone resources, and subsequent formation of iron works from the 1850s onwards.
The regional population grew from 1,245 in 1851 to 11,167 in 1901 and 45,840 in 1941. During the expansion Scunthorpe expanded to include the former villages of Scunthorpe, Bottesford, Frodingham, Crosby, Brumby and Ashby. Scunthorpe became an urban district in 1891, merged as 'Scunthorpe, Brumby and Frodingham Urban District' in 1919, and became a municipal borough in 1936.
Links To Peel
Peel was a regular visitor to Scunthorpe when he was performing gigs at the Baths Hall (formerly the Public Baths) during his roadshows. In an interview with Alex Ogg of Cambridge based fanzine, Spiral Scratch, published in May 1991, he described Scunthorpe as the only place he did a gig that wasn't a student gig:
"Yes I do like Scunthorpe. It's always been a good do, always a good crowd and everybody seems to get pissed. It's about the only gig I used to do that wasn't a student gig, not that I've got anything against students beyond the fact that I was too stupid to be one myself, which I've always been rather resentful about, but, you know, it's just an ordinary venue and you get a wide, differing crowd. They usually go down quite well to my astonishment."
Peel on his 30 September 1999 show mentioned that he spent some of the most enjoyable nights of his life at Scunthorpe Baths Hall.