The origin of the name of the town is uncertain however it is believed to been derived from Immingas,
the tribe who followed an Anglo-Saxon leader by the name of Imminga. The name itself suggests the
town’s origins can be traced back to the 7th Century.
Prominent in the town is a memorial marking the site of the 1608 departure of the Pilgrim Fathers to
Holland. The vessel due to take the would be settlers anchored off Killingholme Creek but suffered bad
weather and therefore wives were put ashore for the night. The vessel was sailed up the Creek to just
below St. Mary’s Parish Church, this site can still be distinguished at the end of Washdyke Lane. The
townsfolk agreed to the wives and children sleeping in their church over night. When news of this group
reached the authorities they were sent to Immingham to arrest the dissenters. On hearing this, the
Captain of the vessel insisted on sailing away before the wives and children could embark. The wives
and children were arrested and jailed causing widespread protest throughout the country. In time, due to
popular feeling, the wives and children were released and allowed to join those already in Holland. The
vessels sailed to Boston and on to Holland, then to Southampton and finally Plymouth, from where history
records the sailings of the Mayflower. From 12 July 2008 until 19 July 2008, the town held a number
of celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers in Immingham.
During the First World War, Immingham was a submarine base for early submarines and continuing in
the naval theme in the Second World War, Immingham was for a short time the shore base of Lord
Mountbatten and who roomed at the County Hotel.Also during the Second World War Squadron
Leader John Dowland and Leonard Harrison received the George Cross for defusing a bomb that had
fallen onto the SS Kildare in February 1940 in Immingham Dock.
Until the turn of the 20th century Immingham was a rural village, dependent on agriculture. The advent
of the railways encouraged and its location on the coast meant that a deep-sea dock began to emerge –
it is now amongst the biggest and busiest in Europe. Since then we have seen the expansion of the
chemical and petroleum industries along the Humber Bank; this continued expansion and the potential
emergence of renewable industries will be key to this wards future in the coming years.