Klondyke Castle Mystery

We’re all familiar with the ‘Castle Ruins’ at the north end of the Waterway in Skegness, and (though I’m unable to quote sources at the moment), the ‘ruins’ are often referred to as Klondyke (or Klondike) Castle. I was wondering why they were so-called and so thought it would be interesting to try and find out. They were built 1930s by Roland Jenkins who designed the foreshore in Skegness.

I’ve found a couple of references to a Klondyke Castle (and a Klondyke Bungalow, though these may be the same building), but both articles date 20-30 years BEFORE the foreshore was built. See Found Hanging at Klondyke Castle and  Skegness College Paper Chase.

From the articles we can gather Klondyke Castle was on the sand hills, north of Sea View Road.

There is no reference to Klondyke in the 1894 or 1928 Skegness Street Guides, but the article in the first link states that a Mr William Staples lived at Klondyke Castle where the body was found hanging.

Still investigating atm, finding William Staples on the 1901 and the 1911 census seems a good place to begin….more coming soon.

Yet another clue from an article in Skegness Standard 31 January 1951:

The article describes a disused railway carriage located on the North Shore sand dunes. This was apparently called Klondike Cottage.

1-klondyke cottage

Another article:

Scarcely a day passes but someone comments upon these reminiscences and adds a little more to the story of old Skegness.
Thus, Mr H Wilkinson recalls in connection with my comments on the railway carriage known as ‘Klondyke Castle’ on the North Shore sand dunes that eight falm horses were required to take it to the spot.
Three of the horses belonged to Mr Eley, three to Mr Warth, and two to Mr Henry Marshall.
Those readers who remember the location of the carriage will share my surprise that even eight powered horses could have haulded it to the site.
Source: Skegness Standard 07 March 1951




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