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.