Monday, May 04, 2020

TOWN'S SPORTING CENTRE WAS HERE LONG BEFORE THE RECREATION GROUND


Now one of the most sought after places in Brigg when it comes to housing, this area was once the town's main sporting centre.
Our pictures show the top ends of Bigby High Road and Westrum Lane, close to the railway's new barrier crossing.


Early in the 20th century there were adjoining cricket and football grounds located here - confirmed by this drawing from the early 1900s, with the lane in the left.


Brigg Town Cricket Club used the former, but which soccer sides played home games on Westrum Lane? Were the Zebras already down at the Brocklesby Ox, off Bridge Street?
The Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road, opened in the early 1950s, with Brigg Town FC developing the Hawthorns circa 1960.
The Town cricket club folded in the 1930s and was not re-formed until 40 years later, when the Rec became its HQ.
In the late 1970s there was talk of a joint football and cricket ground being created at the far end of Westrum Lane, close to the county boundary, but it did not progress beyond the discussion phase.
Thanks to considerable investment by North Lincolnshire Council, the town now has a Rec Ground in which to take pride.

4 comments:

Ken Harrison said...

During the C19th, there were both a Scawby and Brigg CCs...Players were fairly affluent and generally drawn from Brigg's elitist families.
In the 1840 there was a combined Scawby/Brigg team playng at Scawby Park....later the Brigg team moved to the Brock Ox...and later, played on the Manor House field....in 1895 they moved to the ground off Bigby High Road.

Ken Harrison said...

The players...accepting their affluence, paid for the pavilion, as seen on the plan.

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