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Brigg (Lincolnshire)

Brigg shown within Lincolnshire
Population 5,075 (2001 census)
OS grid reference TA003073
Unitary authority North Lincolnshire
Ceremonial county Lincolnshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRIGG
Postcode district DN20
Dialling code 01652
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance East Midlands
European Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Brigg and Goole
List of places: UKEnglandLincolnshire

Coordinates: 53°33'10?N 0°29'06?W? / ?53.5529, -0.485

Brigg (fully Glanford Brigg) in North Lincolnshire, England, is a small market town on the River Ancholme with a population of 5,076 (2001 census). Earliest references date from the 12th century, the name derived from the old Norse "briggja" meaning a jetty.


[edit] History

The parish church is dedicated to St John the Evangelist.

[edit] Commerce

Brigg has been a thriving market town for centuries, serving the largely rural villages on both sides of the river with a corn exchange and livestock market. Road communications were good with the old Roman road Ermine Street passing not far away. There are many old coaching inns, most notably The Angel on the route from Lincoln via Caenby Corner to the River Humber (The Angel now is home to Brigg Town Council). The Ancholme also gave access to the River Humber and the port of Kingston upon Hull.

Brigg became the administrative centre for the local area with a grammar school founded in 1669 by Sir John Nelthorpe, after whom the school, a comprehensive since 1976, is named. With the coming of the railways the town grew rapidly. Indeed it could have been still more important had Brigg been selected as junction for north-south lines with the east-west link to Grimsby. However, local opposition from the influential Carey family pushed much of the traffic through the nearby village of Barnetby-le-Wold.

Pubs include the Black Bull on Wrawby Street, the Exchange Hotel on Bigby Street, the White Horse Inn on Wrawby Street, the Nelthorpe Arms, the White Hart on Bridge Street, the Yarborough Hunt on Bridge Street, the Woolpack Inn and the Dying Gladiator on Bigby Street.

[edit] Industry

Past industries included Springs jam factory and the beet sugar factory to the west of the town. The sugar factory site to the south-west now contains a power station owned by Centrica. The jam factory, and the neighbouring livestock market, have been replaced by supermarkets (Tesco). The town is also home to the Falcon Cycles factory, the company having relocated to Brigg from near by Barton on Humber in the early 20th century. The company owns and uses a number of different brands including Falcon, British Eagle, Coventry Eagle, Townsend, Optima, Boss, Shogun, CBR and the flagship brand Claud Butler.

Today with the building of a bypass and the pedestrianisation of the town centre, Brigg has regained some of the relaxed qualities of a country market town with a small marketplace at its heart, still with a traditional street market on Thursdays and Saturdays. In recent years a thriving farmers' market has developed, held on the fourth Saturday each month selling a wide variety of local produce from pork and organic vegetables to ostrich meat and locally produced condiments. The main shopping street is Wrawby Street.

North Lincolnshire Council has its education offices on Bigby Street.

[edit] Education

Brigg has two secondary schools - the Vale of Ancholme School, a former secondary modern, and the Sir John Nelthorpe School, a former grammar school. Lincolnshire (West Lindsey), only a mile away to the south has selective education, but Brigg went comprehensive in 1977 when the boys' and girls' grammar schools were merged.

There is also Brigg County primary school and St Mary's Catholic primary school, and Brigg Prepartory School.

[edit] Sport

Brigg is home to Brigg Town Football Club, which formed in 1864, only seven years after the first, Sheffield F C, making it one of the oldest clubs in the world.

Nearly as old as the football club is the Ancholme Rowing Club which is based in Manley Gardens. It was founded in 1868 and still flourishes to this day.

Ancholme Leisure Centre is on Scawby Road (A18) towards Scawby Brook, west of the town.

[edit] Transport

The M180 bypassed the town on September 2 1977. The A15 Brigg & Redbourne Bypass (the extension to the M180 from Hibaldstow) opened in December 1989. The A18 passes east-west through the town, with the A1084 (Bigby Road) heading south-east to Caistor. Brigg also had the A15 north-south route passing through the town.

The New River Ancholme diverts the river away from the town to the west.

Brigg railway station is on a branch of the Sheffield to Lincoln Line (Grimsby Branch), but receives only six trains a week, all on Saturdays. There is a level crossing over the A1084.

The Market Place
The Market Place

[edit] Brigg people

Joan Plowright, Joan Ann Olivier, The Lady Olivier, DBE (born October 28, 1929 in Brigg), known by her maiden name as Dame Joan Plowright, is a British actress, widow of Laurence Olivier. She was made a Dame (DBE) in the New Year's Honours for 2004. Joan was born on Central Square, Brigg. The Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe (near Brigg) was also named after her.

Revd Richard Enraght (1837-1898), religious controversialist, Curate of St. John the Evangelist, Brigg, 1866-1867.

The great concert and oratorio singer Gervase Elwes had a family home at Brigg Manor. He and Lady Winifrede helped to establish the musical events and singing contests at which their friend Percy Grainger collected a number of early folk-songs from the singing of Joseph Taylor of Saxby-All-Saints, and others.

David Yelland, former editor of The Sun from 1998-2003, went to the Sir John Nelthorpe School from 1976-81.

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