Monday, March 30, 2020


Distinctive circular blue plaques are displayed on some of the distinctive buildings within Brigg town centre. More than 30 plaques have been awarded since the mid-1980s by Brigg Town Council to mark praiseworthy restorations, refurbishments, additions to premises and (occasionally) new builds.
The Civic Award is presented in recognition of a feature "which is best considered to have improved the appearance of the town during the previous year."
Town Clerk Dinah Lilley has compiled a list of all the awards made year by year, usually presented at annual Civic Dinners.
Here we feature pictures of a selection of the winners, but there are more to be spotted as you make your way around the town.
The Nelthorpe Arms, pictured above, was a winner in 1984 (the first year of the scheme). Was this when its attractive beer garden was created, overlooking the Old River Ancholme?


1984    Kettles of Brigg and also the Nelthorpe Arms.
1985    College Yard.
1986    Shops on Elwes Street.
1987    No Award
1988    Shops rear of No.2 Market Place and also Raffles Club (The Exchange).
1989    Riverside Surgery.
1990    Conversion of the Congregational Chapel, Wrawby Street, and also Housing Development, Manley Gardens.
1991    School Court & Cottages on Chapel Yard.
1992    No Award
1993    Barnes the Jewellers, Wrawby Street. (Certificate of Merit)
1994    Premises previously known as Instones, Wrawby Street.
1995    Pickerings Shoe Shop, Wrawby Street.
1996    Brians D.I.Y., Wrawby Street.
1997    Cottage adjacent to Brigg Snooker Club, Bigby Street.
1998    St John’s Church Courtyard, Wrawby Street (Certificate of Merit).
1999    Way In, Market Place.
2000    Elsham House, Elwes Street  (formerly The Alcoves).
2001    The Lord Nelson, Market Place.
2002    No Award
2003    The Yarborough Hunt, Bridge Street.
2004    The Cottages, Queen Street.
2005    Old Courts Veterinary Centre, Old Courts Road.
2006    No Award
2007    No Award
2008    G.S.A. House, Market Place (Grimley-Smith).
2009    Cooplands, Wrawby Street.
2010    Eastfield, Bigby Street.
2011    Brigg Children’s Centre, Grammar School Road.
2012    Byrom & Steel, 1-5 Springs Parade.
2013    Lidl, Atherton Way
2014    No Award
2015    No Award
2016    Brown & Co, Market Place.
2017    No Award
2018    Graham Wilson for the DDM, Teasdales and Age Concern shops on Wrawby Street & also the Lord Nelson (Old Mill Brewery) refurb.
2019    Guy Whitney Goldsmith, Market Place.
2020    Which building will prove to be a winner?

Cottages created on Bigby Street, where the half-timbered gas board bill-settling premises use to stand, won in 1997.
Cooplands won in 2009 for conversion of the former Shoefayre premises into its bakery and sandwich shop.
DDM Agricultural gained a plaque in 2010 for its Eastfield House headquarters, housed in former solicitor's offices on Bigby Street.
College Yard with its blue plaque displays on the lamp-post (centre).

Kettle of Brigg displaying its plaque near the door (centre).

Two views of School Court, with plaque displayed below.

Restored town centre cottages - Civic Award 1991 (plaque still visible on one of them below).


smiler said...

is this award really worth having as to win it you just do a building up.
usually no other contenders either.

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