Skegness Pioneer’s Passing



Interesting features of old Skegness are recalled by the death of Mr. Arthur Fensom, of “Bonville,” Roman Bank, Skegness, which occurred at that address early last Monday morning.

He was 58 years of age and leaves one surviving son, his wife having predeceased him as recently as seven weeks ago.

Born in Holbeach Fen, Mr. Fensom came to Winthorpe as a child of four, and resided in Church Lane until ten years ago. He was particularly well-known in the Winthorpe district.

For many seasons in pre-war days he was associated with the running of that old Skegness attraction, the Switchback, which used to stand in the Park just north of the Pier entrance. It was demolished several years before the war, and the site, in immediate postwar years was occupied by the old Chalet Theatre, and in later years by the Dorchester and other North Parade private hotels. In its day it was one of Skegness’s leading attractions—until it was succeeded by the more modern “Figure Eights–and the deceased spent many years in the employ of its proprietors, Messrs Pawson and Marden.

He was also one of the first local men to start work on the North Shore Golf Links, when that now well-known course was laid out on the sand dunes at North Shore by Mr. Lawrence Kirk. During the war he served as a Special Constable.

For more than eight years he had suffered with heart trouble, and he was taken seriously ill only ten days before his death. After the initial attack he rallied, and hope was entertained for his recovery, but he succumbed to a relapse last Monday morning.

The funeral takes place at St. Clement’s Church, Skegness, to-day (Wednesday) at 2-30 p.m.

Source: Skegness News 29th July 1936

Skegness Switchback Mystery


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