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February, 2019

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I always enjoy a trip to Brigg and this complements a review I wrote in 2013.

I decided to plan a visit to coincide with the very good monthly “Farmer’s Market”: and also to take my camera with me. It is a few months since I used it and, apart from the “Church”: I hadn’t taken pictures of Brigg.

After a week of glorious sunshine, it was a misty morning – not ideal for pictures but it did mean that I didn’t have to worry about dark shadows.

Brigg is an interesting place to wander round and look at the buildings. Shops along Wrawby and Bridge Street are small and many are family owned with some interesting shop fronts. The courts have even smaller shops in what were originally labourer’s housing. Bigby Street has larger and more splendid C18th and C19th housing, reflecting the importance of Brigg at that time. The post office is a large brick built 1930s building.

Brigg has always had a market and the large toll boards listing prices of taking livestock and produce are still displayed at the ends of the town.

Brigg has also managed to retain many of the original coaching inns with an archway leading to the courtyard behind. The Angel was a C16th coaching inn which later became a hotel before closing thirty years ago. After a few years of lying derelict, it was taken over by the local council and now houses the library, very good “Heritage Centre”: and a “cafe”: With its black and white frontage and gilded Angel it is a focal point of the town centre, along with the Buttercross with its clock tower. This is now the Tourist Information Office.

The Old River Ancholme flows through Brigg, and some of the old warehouses have now been turned into accommodation. The New River Ancholme runs along the western edge of Brigg and the local council have been building a multi use path along it which is proving popular with locals.

Brigg is an interesting place to walk and look. There are plenty of hostelries providing food and drink along with cafes. The heritage centre is worth visiting for the Brigg Raft, one of the few bronze age boats to survive.

AND I came back ladened with goodies from the Farmer’s Market!


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