Wednesday, March 25, 2020



It's now the best part of 30 years since the directors of a well-known Brigg company decided to regenerate a very visible part of the town centre.
Chapel Court - today featuring a number of shops - was in need of some 'tlc' in 1990.
However, the directors of G. W. Rowbottom & Sons Ltd commissioned a praiseworthy scheme, under the direction of chartered engineer John Rowbottom, from Searby.
The development, close to the Old Courts Road car park, was officially opened on August 14, 1991 - a fact recorded in a plaque still visible within Chapel Court.
People who wonder what this part of the town centre was like in Victorian times and early in the 20th century need to consult The Courts and Yards of Brigg - a very interesting and thorough book edited by local history teacher Nick Lyons and published in 1983.
The researches of Brigg Local History Group 1980-1982 outline hard times for those who lived in "the backs" - a maze of courtyards which housed many of the town's less affluent residents until the Newlands estate was completed by the Urban District Council in the 1930s. However, some courtyard properties at various locations remained in use until well after the Second World War.
Chapel Yard extended back from Wrawby Street towards what is today Barnard Avenue - formerly the route of the notorious Town Drain (once an open sewer).
Thirty Chapel Yard cottages housed well over 100 people.
The book noted that, in 1983, "most of the land remains derelict."
Final demolition of the cottages in the northern and central parts of Chapel Yard had taken place in the 1960s, it explained.

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