The World Revolves Around Cleethorpes

The Greenwich Meridian Line runs straight through Cleethorpes and the beach area near Beach Hut 9. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in two places at once? Take a walk down to the Greenwich Meridian Line in Cleethorpes, and you can.

The Greenwich Meridian Line (GML) is the world’s Prime Meridian used for measuring longitude and calculating Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The Greenwich Meridian was established in 1884 at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich by international agreement as the line of zero longitude. The GML runs through eight countries from the North Pole to the South Pole dividing the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Set against a scenic coastal backdrop, a stainless steel plate marks the route along Marine Embankment where the GML runs through Cleethorpes after entering Britain just North of Withernsea in North Yorkshire. The plate which adorns the coastal path was presented to Cleethorpes by Sheffield Foundry and laid down during the 1930s. Put one foot either side, and you can say that you have been in two places at once – the Eastern and Western Hemisphere simultaneously. In the Eastern Hemisphere, time starts to go forwards from The Greenwich Meridian Line. The opposite is true in the Western Hemisphere. To clarify, France, which is in the Eastern Hemisphere, is an hour ahead. New York, however, which is in the Western Hemisphere, is four hours behind (except for when British Summer Time (BST) takes effect (GMT + 1), then New York becomes 5 hours ahead instead of four). It is important to note that GMT never changes, regardless of BST.

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A stone’s throw away from the GML is a signpost which details the distance in miles of destinations such as Moscow, Sydney, the North and South Poles, from Marine Embankment. Next to the signpost is a granite globe which was unveiled by the former Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Cliff Barber in November 2015.  The landmark, which came following a two-year fundraising campaign, provides a visual reference of the Greenwich Meridian Line as it travels across the globe and through Britain. You can find out more about the Greenwich Meridian Line by clicking here.

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