In 1887, John Bartholomew printed his Gazetteer of the British Isles. This document, which provided topographical and statistical data on locations within the UK, includes a reference to the town of Grimsby.
At the time, Mr Bartholomew described this area as "the most important fishing port in Britain" and praised its ports and trade links with Europe.
He also added, "Although Grimsby is an ancient town, much of its modern progress is due to its suitability as a fishing station for the North Sea fleets, and to the facilities offered by the railway for the conveyance of the fish to populous centres..."
However, during the 19th Century, Grimsby was far more than just a fishing town. According to some sources, by the end of the 1800s, the town's population stood at approximately 75,000 and many of these people worked to transport materials, such as iron, timber, wheat and flax, around the country.
Grimsby's ports and shipbuilding activities also developed during this period – possibly to handle multiple trade routes and to better allow transport to the United States. For example, the Royal Dock was constructed in 1852, Union Dock as well as Alexandra Dock in 1879, and three fishing ports between 1856 and 1934.
Although Grimsby could be associated with a strong fishing and shipbuilding tradition, this sector has declined since its popularity during the 1800s. Eventually, many of these sites could have been replaced with industries such as light engineering, chemicals, and plastics.
Grimsby has an interesting and varied past, yet there have been documented cases of asbestos-related diseases within the region, suggesting that many of the town's industries used this material to fulfil a number of different roles.
For example, it has been reported that one law firm helped a former joiner claim more than £306,000 in mesothelioma compensation – a disease almost invariably caused by asbestos exposure – after being diagnosed with the condition in 2010.
It seems that, while working for Grimsby Borough Council, the man was exposed to asbestos fibres while carrying out refurbishment work on council homes during the 1980s. Unfortunately, he did not realise that disturbing this material could be dangerous and was also not provided with appropriate protective equipment.
Claiming compensation for asbestos exposure in Grimsby
Although individuals in the UK were prohibited from importing, supplying and using asbestos in 1999 as conditions such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer can take decades to develop after a person's initial exposure, individuals are still being diagnosed with these illnesses.
If you were adversely affected after coming into contact with this material, you may be entitled to make an asbestos Grimsby claim through our team of specialist solicitors.
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