Photocopy of plan, 'An Exact Survey of Humberston Lordship. Leying Situated on the River of Humber in the County of Lincoln[shire] Belonging to Matthew Humberston Esq'.
An Exact Survey of Humberston Lordship
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- Dates of Creation1707
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 item
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Administrative / Biographical History
The village of Humberston, located to the south of Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire, takes its name from a large boulder called the Humber Stone which was deposited there during the last ice age.
Matthew Humberston, was born in Homerton, London in 1649 and is believed to have been a foundling (an abandoned child). He became a customs officer and quickly accumulated a significant fortune which he used to purchase land in Humberston and took his name from this place. He occupied a manor house and contributed to the rebuilding of the parish church. In died in 1709 leaving a sizeable bequest for the church to rebuild its steeple and to found a Grammar School and alms houses. There was considerable dispute over the will and the school in Cleethorpes didn't open until 1823 by which time the bequest had increased to over £24,000.
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Copied with the permission of RW Ambler, Department of Adult Education, University of Hull, May 1976