An eagerly anticipated exhibition about Brigg Sugar Factory is now being promoted nationwide in a programme of Heritage Open Days to be held across the country.
Brigg’s ‘Beeting’ Heart can be viewed at the Heritage Centre, on the first floor of the Angel building in the Market Place, on the following dates, from 10am to 2pm, during the UK's heritage week:
Friday, September 9; Saturday, September 10; Tuesday, September 13; Thursday, September 15; Friday, September 16; Saturday, September 17.
There is no need to book, and admission is free.
View further details about the exhibition here...
We should stress that the 'Beeting' Heart will continue until the end of December 2022 at least, and possibly into the New Year.
Brigg Sugar Factory opened in the late 1920s and lasted into the 1990s before closure. It processed beet grown on farms over a wide area and turned it into bags of sugar for sale.
There was a nearby sportsground and licensed social club, off Scawby Road - also to be featured in the forthcoming exhibition.
The factory had extensive sidings which connected with British Railways' Brigg Line - allowing full and empty wagons to come in and out.
Phill Hewson's fine picture above shows the factory's own diesel shunter at work circa 1980, with Glanford Leisure Centre and the New River Ancholme in view.
Many ex-factory employees still live locally today, as do members of families whose mums and dads or brothers and sisters were employed there.
Other people will have played sports on the factory ground or attended functions and events in the clubhouse.
We anticipate major interest being shown in this exhibition, which should prove to be one of the most popular staged so far by Brigg Heritage Centre.
It will be a case of sweet success!
There will be more than 100 free-to-attend Lincolnshire heritage open days during the period from September 9 to 18 (with well over 4,000 others in other counties).
People from the Brigg area may well be interested in visiting some of those in Lincs. So were are providing some helpful links.
Brigg Blog suggests The Ted Lewis Get Carter Experience (in Barton).
Author Ted grew up in Barton, and his father managed a quarry in our area at Elsham.
Ted's best-known book inspired the gritty film Get Carter, starring Michael Caine. It was released in 1971.
There is now a Ted Lewis Centre, on Ferriby Road, Barton, DN18 5HG.
Not a lot of people (from the Brigg area) know that! View further details here...
In the Isle of Axholme, there's an opportunity during the open day week to Discover the Crowle Peatland Railway.
Even nearer to Brigg will be A Ghost of Industry Walk Around Kirton in Lindsey.
Winterton is offering Tales of Typhoid and Tombs.
Or visit Immingham to learn about its unusual Tin Town dwellings, erected to house contractors building the dock for the Great Central Railway in the early 20th century.