Why this bricked-up smokehouse could soon be rescued from ruin

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 10 Jan 2019

A forgotten remnant of Grimsby's fishing heritage could be rescued from ruin.

Efforts to bring Peterson's smokehouse on Grimsby Docks back into use have received a big £60,000 financial boost.

Regeneration of the Grade II-listed warehouse is yet more good news for the struggling Kasbah area highlighted by our Stop The Rot campaign.

The pot of funding has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Architectural Heritage Fund to the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust.

The trust hopes to restore the empty smokehouse on Henderson Street, as well as another building fronting Wharncliffe Road, to provide multifunctional commercial space.

It marks a major success in efforts to regenerate the wider Kasbah through a partnership including the Ice Factory Trust, North East Lincolnshire Council and land owner Associated British Ports.

Vicky Hartung, chair of the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to HLF for the confidence they have shown in the Trust, in the Partnership, and in Grimsby.

"We are keen to get started on developing this project, which will restore two historic buildings, dramatically expanding production capacity for Grimsby’s unique traditional smoked fish and establishing an anchor building in an area of the Kasbah now designated for commercial use.”

Chair of the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust Vicky Hartung (Image: Michelle Adamson)

The final project will carry out essential conservation work on the two buildings, bringing them up to standard for commercial occupation. There will also be a programme of activities involving the local community.

When renovated it is hoped that both buildings will be let out and the revenue reinvested in future projects.

The latest round of funding follows a £40,000 Government grant awarded in November to help find a sustainable new use for the nearby Grade II* listed Ice Factory.

Councillor Peter Wheatley, the council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is excellent news, and certainly a project I’m keen to support.

"The port estate is a key element of the unique Town Deal programme we’re working on with our partners, and I look forward to seeing plans for Peterson’s building come to life.”

The buildings and landscape of the Kasbah were central to Grimsby's success as the world's greatest fishing port.

It hosts the only surviving cluster of traditional fish smokehouses in England, with a total of six listed examples found within the Kasbah.

Production of traditional Grimsby smoked fish, given by protected status by the European Commission in 2009, is centred in the area.

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