Tuesday, July 14, 2020

RIGHT ROYAL BRIGG STREET WITH A RAILWAY REFRESHMENT STOP


The history of Albert Street, Brigg, is an interesting one, including links with the coming of the railway and the onset of the home video era. It was also, for some decades, the only B-road in the town - just ranking below the A18 and the A1084 in terms of highway importance.
Queen Victoria's husband Albert - the Prince Consort - died in 1861 and was honoured in the era of the Brigg Local Board by having this street after him. That decade saw a major review of street names in the town.
Albert Street formed part of a major extension of Brigg in the mid-19th century - its first sturdy properties being aimed at lower middle class and middle class families, apparently.
The railway station close by was opened in 1848 by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, and the Railway Inn, on Albert Street, was recorded as being open to thirsty travellers in 1850. Many hostelries were built near new stations across the UK - Barnetby eventually having two to mark its status as North Lincolnshire's largest, in terms of platforms and lines served.
But can anyone today help to pinpoint our Railway Inn's exact location?
 



Could it, perhaps, have been Eastfield (pictured above) - the attractive detached property at the town centre end of Albert Street, which is now occupied by DDM Agricultural?
Pictured here, it was used as offices by the Bains solicitors' practice for many years.
Or was the Railway Inn located in one of the nearby properties at the top end of Albert Street which are now in residential use?
When video recorders became available in the 1970s and 1980s at prices that ordinary townsfolk could afford, Alan and Carl Capp's shop on Albert Street sold, and also set up, many of them in Brigg households. The former shop has since been converted back to purely residential use.
Albert Street remains a through road for traffic today, but this was reduced considerably in the early 1990s when the new Barnard Avenue A18 inner-relief road made Bigby Road to the Monument roundabout the direct route for vehicles approaching Brigg from the Bigby High Road and Caistor direction (A1084). Today's Bigby Street only leads to Cadney via Elwes Street, although some motorists use it to access the car park behind the Angel.
However, from at least the early 1920s, Albert Street was the B1199 because it connected the Caistor road with Bigby Street near the Post Office. Traffic that was heading west then continued through the Market Place and over the County Bridge.
When exactly Albert Street was downgraded back to being an 'unclassified' road is unclear. Did the B1199 remain until the relief road opened?
Albert Street is now residential - mostly privately-owned properties but also including the Southfield House and Clarence House care homes, and the Tennyson Court sheltered accommodation at the Caistor end, close to the junction with Bigby Road. The current Tennyson building replaced an original one from the early 1970s.
 



Midway along this tree-adorned road is New Street - Brigg's smallest and shortest with only three properties. It links Albert Street with Bigby Road and Princes Street.
Albert Street is on the edge of the Brigg Conservation Area. However, it does not boast the extensive range of listed buildings that prevail in other streets within the protected zone.
Behind Albert Street are commercial units with vehicular access suitable for sizeable vehicles. Rowbottom's engineering business - facing Station Road - was based here for many years.
We have featured Albert Street today at the request of a former resident who says he likes to keep in touch with Brigg events by reading this blog. He had read our previous features about the changing face of other town streets. Below are links to those that have appeared so far. This series is proving popular, judging from the site-viewing statistics, inspiring us to 'pen' some others as time permits
Queen Street...
Glebe Road...
Elwes Street...
Bridge Street - County Bridge to the A18 junction with Bridge Street...
Cary Lane...

 

Point House, with Albert Street to the left and Bigby Road on the right.

The top end of Albert Street - nearest to the town centre.

Clarence House, centre.


Southfield House care home.

Tennyson Court.

A distinctive row of terraced properties on Albert Street.

ROADWORKS IN BRIGG FOR REMAINDER OF JULY


Further work is getting under way in Brigg this week on the road infrastructure for the new Aldi store taking shape, off Bridge Street.
This project is earmarked to run until July 31 and is likely to result in delays for drivers using the A18.
The latest work includes completing the kerbline, street lighting and resurfacing.
On Thursday (July 16) hold-ups also also likely to result from Northern Powergrid-related roadworks on Scawby Road, Scawby Brook, with temporary traffic controls in place.

SPEED ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS WILL BE OPERATING IN BRIGG


Safer Roads Humber says safety enforcement cameras are used across the region as part of its overall strategy to make local roads safer. A road in Brigg is about to be targeted.
Mobile and fixed speed cameras detect speeding vehicles "at sites of risk." They are able to deploy the cameras at a range of locations.
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020: Daily enforcement will be carried out on the A18 Wrawby Road, Brigg.
Brigg Blog's advice to drivers is: Slow down and stick to the speed limit in place on local roads at all times.

Monday, July 13, 2020

SATURDAY REFLECTIONS ON BRIGG PUBS


After two weekends of Brigg bars being allowed to reopen if they wish, some people are still reticent about having a night out on licensed premises. 
So it may be helpful to point out that many measures are in place.
Hand sanitiser dispensers are widespread and customers are not being permitted to stand together at the bar while awaiting service.
It's now common for seats and tables to be allocated to visitors when they arrive, and for staff to bring over the drinks after taking people's orders and then collect payment after doing so.
At the Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, we were invited to enjoy exclusive use of one of the colourful cabanas (wooden shelters) in the beer garden on Saturday night (July 11).
The Britannia Inn, which reopened on Friday night, has a shelter with extensive seating in its beer garden which was proving popular on Saturday; it's size means that customers can 'social distance' with ease.
 
The Lord Nelson, in the Market Place, has an interesting signing-in system. Customers write their names and contact details on a tear-off sheet and post it in a box with a slit in the side.
The signing-in requirement at various pubs has prompted some good humoured comments among regulars who are well-known to bar staff but still need to comply with the procedures whenever they visit.
The public always like to see the re-assuring presence of the police on patrol, and around 11.30 on Saturday night a Humberside force van drove through the town centre to ensure all was well.  Officers did not have a word with two cyclists who were then riding through the pedestrian area where bike users are required to dismount.

At tea-time on Saturday we raised a proverbial glass to the NHS-supporting Spitfire which flew over the Brigg area as part of a fly-past of hospitals in the region. There were actually three old fighters in formation. We viewed them, in open countryside, from the public footpath which links Churchill Avenue with Wrawby. Heading towards Scunthorpe General Hospital, the planes were too far away to get a meaningful picture. We thought about taking along a pair of binoculars but didn't, which was a mistake.

A GOOD TIME TO BOOST BRIGG PLAY AREA FACILITIES


It's heartening to see a Brigg play area being used again after lockdown. So now seems a good time for one of its main attractions to be reintroduced.
The children's slide at the Davy Memorial Playing Field, between Kings Avenue and Bigby Road, was removed in the winter on safety grounds. The picture above shows that the cushioned pad it used to stand on is still in place.
A replacement slide is still awaited as mid-July approaches - a time of year when play areas prove particularly popular.
Clearly, those people accompanying children to outdoor play areas like this need to ensure social distancing is observed by their charges if other families are also in attendance.
But the fact that some other play equipment is still in use on the Davy Memorial field at present suggests that social distancing should not be a factor when it comes to installing the new slide.
The Davy Memorial - generously gifted to the town long ago - is divided into two parts - one housing the play equipment and the remainder a small football pitch with goalposts. Beyond the pitch is more grass, extending some distance to the perimeter.
The entry gates to the fenced off area designed for young children were kept locked for some weeks under a Coronavirus emergency measure that has since been lifted. Its grass, which had grown at a rapid rate in recent weeks, has now been cut.
Yesterday afternoon (Sunday, July 12) both parts of the playing field were being used by families, though rather surprisingly there were no youngsters enjoying a kickabout on the footy field. A sign of the times? Or had they opted to stay at home and watch Premiership action unfold on the TV? 

No cricket was being played, either - a far cry from how things were throughout the month of July in 'our day' 50-plus years ago.
On the other side of Bigby Road from the field, the former car sales lot is now on the market to let. Lately it has been used as a base by railway contractors working in Brigg.
 

 


There were plenty of motor-cycles passing through Brigg along the A18 and the A1084 on Sunday as their owners decided to enjoy 'ride outs' on a warm and pleasant summer's day.
Some gleaming scooters, built years ago, were also parked up near Wetherspoon's White Horse for a time in the afternoon.
These sights were a reminder that Brigg Bike Night 2020, which would have drawn big crowds on Friday night (July 10) failed to go ahead. Social distancing along Bridge Street would have proved impossible.

EYE-CATCHING BRIGG ADVERT IS JUST THE JOB



This distinctive advert in Brigg is catching the eye of many people passing the town's fire station beside the A18.
Humberside Fire & Rescue is using it in an effort to attract more on-call firefighters - male and female.
People who are interested can use this link to find out more...
The purpose-built fire station seen here opened in the early 1970s, replacing Lindsey County's facility on Wrawby Road - the front of which is now occupied by the Blyton ice cream parlour.
When the current station opened in 1973, Grammar School Road was still in its original form; some 20 years later it was bisected by the extended inner-relief road along Barnard Avenue.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

WILL BRIGG CHRISTMAS SHOWPIECE GO AHEAD THIS YEAR?


Will this year's Brigg Christmas lights switch-on ceremony with on-stage entertainment, festive fair and accompanying late night shopping event go ahead in its familiar format?
Lincoln Christmas Market 2020, in early December, has already been cancelled because of Coronavirus-related concerns over social distancing and the safety of traders and spectators.
Brigg Town Council and Brigg District Lions are central to the organisation of our Friday night festive get-togethers, which attract up to 2,000 people if the weather is favourable.
At the Town Council's next 'virtual' meeting, to be held on Thursday evening (July 16), 'Christmas Lights' appear on the agenda.
We expect this to prompt discussion about this year's switch-on ceremony and festive fair, and things should then become clearer.
It might seem a bit early to be talking about Christmas, but a great deal of organisation goes into setting up the festive showpiece in its usual format, including promoting and taking bookings for outdoor and indoor stalls.
Perhaps the lights will still be erected and illuminated from late November into January, even if the fair and other parts of the evening do not go ahead in the traditional manner.
A popular feature of the Market Place's on-stage entertainment in recent years has been Annie Fanny (played by Darren Johnson) and colleagues from the cast of Scunthorpe's annual pantomime.

PICTURED: Brigg Market Place on the Friday night when the Christmas lights were switched on at the end of November 2019. Social distancing was not then an issue.