Tuesday, May 14, 2019


A 350th anniversary is coming up in Brigg which will interest many local people and bring back memories for those of a certain age.
On May 24, 1969 Brigg Grammar School held a special weekend of events to mark the 300th anniversary of its foundation through the will of Sir John Nelthorpe in 1669.
The original 17th entrance at the side of the building on Grammar School was refurbished, given new wooden doors, and officially opened at 2.30pm by Lieutenant Colonel Roger Nelthorpe, of Scawby Hall.
The new swimming pool - heated for the first time - was opened 15 minutes later, followed by a swimming display.
Produced by pupils, a Tercentenary Film - The House That John Built -  was shown to invited guests three times during that Saturday afternoon.
In the evening there was a buffet dance, organised by the Old Briggensians' Association, at the Corn Exchange and the adjoining Angel Hotel Ballroom.
Sunday, May 25 saw a Past v Present cricket match on the school field, a concert and two further screenings of the school film.
Sir John Nelthorpe left a generous bequest in his will to provide free schooling in Brigg.
When the grammar school was phased out in 1976, the new comprehensive was named in his honour.
Pictured above: An archive survivor from 50 years ago - the invitation sent to the parents of boys who were then pupils at Brigg Grammar School.

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