Tuesday, July 14, 2020

RIGHT ROYAL BRIGG STREET WITH A RAILWAY REFRESHMENT STOP


The history of Albert Street, Brigg, is an interesting one, including links with the coming of the railway and the onset of the home video era. It was also, for some decades, the only B-road in the town - just ranking below the A18 and the A1084 in terms of highway importance.
Queen Victoria's husband Albert - the Prince Consort - died in 1861 and was honoured in the era of the Brigg Local Board by having this street after him. That decade saw a major review of street names in the town.
Albert Street formed part of a major extension of Brigg in the mid-19th century - its first sturdy properties being aimed at lower middle class and middle class families, apparently.
The railway station close by was opened in 1848 by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, and the Railway Inn, on Albert Street, was recorded as being open to thirsty travellers in 1850. Many hostelries were built near new stations across the UK - Barnetby eventually having two to mark its status as North Lincolnshire's largest, in terms of platforms and lines served.
But can anyone today help to pinpoint our Railway Inn's exact location?
 



Could it, perhaps, have been Eastfield (pictured above) - the attractive detached property at the town centre end of Albert Street, which is now occupied by DDM Agricultural?
Pictured here, it was used as offices by the Bains solicitors' practice for many years.
Or was the Railway Inn located in one of the nearby properties at the top end of Albert Street which are now in residential use?
When video recorders became available in the 1970s and 1980s at prices that ordinary townsfolk could afford, Alan and Carl Capp's shop on Albert Street sold, and also set up, many of them in Brigg households. The former shop has since been converted back to purely residential use.
Albert Street remains a through road for traffic today, but this was reduced considerably in the early 1990s when the new Barnard Avenue A18 inner-relief road made Bigby Road to the Monument roundabout the direct route for vehicles approaching Brigg from the Bigby High Road and Caistor direction (A1084). Today's Bigby Street only leads to Cadney via Elwes Street, although some motorists use it to access the car park behind the Angel.
However, from at least the early 1920s, Albert Street was the B1199 because it connected the Caistor road with Bigby Street near the Post Office. Traffic that was heading west then continued through the Market Place and over the County Bridge.
When exactly Albert Street was downgraded back to being an 'unclassified' road is unclear. Did the B1199 remain until the relief road opened?
Albert Street is now residential - mostly privately-owned properties but also including the Southfield House and Clarence House care homes, and the Tennyson Court sheltered accommodation at the Caistor end, close to the junction with Bigby Road. The current Tennyson building replaced an original one from the early 1970s.
 



Midway along this tree-adorned road is New Street - Brigg's smallest and shortest with only three properties. It links Albert Street with Bigby Road and Princes Street.
Albert Street is on the edge of the Brigg Conservation Area. However, it does not boast the extensive range of listed buildings that prevail in other streets within the protected zone.
Behind Albert Street are commercial units with vehicular access suitable for sizeable vehicles. Rowbottom's engineering business - facing Station Road - was based here for many years.
We have featured Albert Street today at the request of a former resident who says he likes to keep in touch with Brigg events by reading this blog. He had read our previous features about the changing face of other town streets. Below are links to those that have appeared so far. This series is proving popular, judging from the site-viewing statistics, inspiring us to 'pen' some others as time permits
Queen Street...
Glebe Road...
Elwes Street...
Bridge Street - County Bridge to the A18 junction with Bridge Street...
Cary Lane...

 

Point House, with Albert Street to the left and Bigby Road on the right.

The top end of Albert Street - nearest to the town centre.

Clarence House, centre.


Southfield House care home.

Tennyson Court.

A distinctive row of terraced properties on Albert Street.

ROADWORKS IN BRIGG FOR REMAINDER OF JULY


Further work is getting under way in Brigg this week on the road infrastructure for the new Aldi store taking shape, off Bridge Street.
This project is earmarked to run until July 31 and is likely to result in delays for drivers using the A18.
The latest work includes completing the kerbline, street lighting and resurfacing.
On Thursday (July 16) hold-ups also also likely to result from Northern Powergrid-related roadworks on Scawby Road, Scawby Brook, with temporary traffic controls in place.

SPEED ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS WILL BE OPERATING IN BRIGG


Safer Roads Humber says safety enforcement cameras are used across the region as part of its overall strategy to make local roads safer. A road in Brigg is about to be targeted.
Mobile and fixed speed cameras detect speeding vehicles "at sites of risk." They are able to deploy the cameras at a range of locations.
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020: Daily enforcement will be carried out on the A18 Wrawby Road, Brigg.
Brigg Blog's advice to drivers is: Slow down and stick to the speed limit in place on local roads at all times.

Monday, July 13, 2020

SATURDAY REFLECTIONS ON BRIGG PUBS


After two weekends of Brigg bars being allowed to reopen if they wish, some people are still reticent about having a night out on licensed premises. 
So it may be helpful to point out that many measures are in place.
Hand sanitiser dispensers are widespread and customers are not being permitted to stand together at the bar while awaiting service.
It's now common for seats and tables to be allocated to visitors when they arrive, and for staff to bring over the drinks after taking people's orders and then collect payment after doing so.
At the Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, we were invited to enjoy exclusive use of one of the colourful cabanas (wooden shelters) in the beer garden on Saturday night (July 11).
The Britannia Inn, which reopened on Friday night, has a shelter with extensive seating in its beer garden which was proving popular on Saturday; it's size means that customers can 'social distance' with ease.
 
The Lord Nelson, in the Market Place, has an interesting signing-in system. Customers write their names and contact details on a tear-off sheet and post it in a box with a slit in the side.
The signing-in requirement at various pubs has prompted some good humoured comments among regulars who are well-known to bar staff but still need to comply with the procedures whenever they visit.
The public always like to see the re-assuring presence of the police on patrol, and around 11.30 on Saturday night a Humberside force van drove through the town centre to ensure all was well.  Officers did not have a word with two cyclists who were then riding through the pedestrian area where bike users are required to dismount.

At tea-time on Saturday we raised a proverbial glass to the NHS-supporting Spitfire which flew over the Brigg area as part of a fly-past of hospitals in the region. There were actually three old fighters in formation. We viewed them, in open countryside, from the public footpath which links Churchill Avenue with Wrawby. Heading towards Scunthorpe General Hospital, the planes were too far away to get a meaningful picture. We thought about taking along a pair of binoculars but didn't, which was a mistake.

A GOOD TIME TO BOOST BRIGG PLAY AREA FACILITIES


It's heartening to see a Brigg play area being used again after lockdown. So now seems a good time for one of its main attractions to be reintroduced.
The children's slide at the Davy Memorial Playing Field, between Kings Avenue and Bigby Road, was removed in the winter on safety grounds. The picture above shows that the cushioned pad it used to stand on is still in place.
A replacement slide is still awaited as mid-July approaches - a time of year when play areas prove particularly popular.
Clearly, those people accompanying children to outdoor play areas like this need to ensure social distancing is observed by their charges if other families are also in attendance.
But the fact that some other play equipment is still in use on the Davy Memorial field at present suggests that social distancing should not be a factor when it comes to installing the new slide.
The Davy Memorial - generously gifted to the town long ago - is divided into two parts - one housing the play equipment and the remainder a small football pitch with goalposts. Beyond the pitch is more grass, extending some distance to the perimeter.
The entry gates to the fenced off area designed for young children were kept locked for some weeks under a Coronavirus emergency measure that has since been lifted. Its grass, which had grown at a rapid rate in recent weeks, has now been cut.
Yesterday afternoon (Sunday, July 12) both parts of the playing field were being used by families, though rather surprisingly there were no youngsters enjoying a kickabout on the footy field. A sign of the times? Or had they opted to stay at home and watch Premiership action unfold on the TV? 

No cricket was being played, either - a far cry from how things were throughout the month of July in 'our day' 50-plus years ago.
On the other side of Bigby Road from the field, the former car sales lot is now on the market to let. Lately it has been used as a base by railway contractors working in Brigg.
 

 


There were plenty of motor-cycles passing through Brigg along the A18 and the A1084 on Sunday as their owners decided to enjoy 'ride outs' on a warm and pleasant summer's day.
Some gleaming scooters, built years ago, were also parked up near Wetherspoon's White Horse for a time in the afternoon.
These sights were a reminder that Brigg Bike Night 2020, which would have drawn big crowds on Friday night (July 10) failed to go ahead. Social distancing along Bridge Street would have proved impossible.

EYE-CATCHING BRIGG ADVERT IS JUST THE JOB



This distinctive advert in Brigg is catching the eye of many people passing the town's fire station beside the A18.
Humberside Fire & Rescue is using it in an effort to attract more on-call firefighters - male and female.
People who are interested can use this link to find out more...
The purpose-built fire station seen here opened in the early 1970s, replacing Lindsey County's facility on Wrawby Road - the front of which is now occupied by the Blyton ice cream parlour.
When the current station opened in 1973, Grammar School Road was still in its original form; some 20 years later it was bisected by the extended inner-relief road along Barnard Avenue.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

WILL BRIGG CHRISTMAS SHOWPIECE GO AHEAD THIS YEAR?


Will this year's Brigg Christmas lights switch-on ceremony with on-stage entertainment, festive fair and accompanying late night shopping event go ahead in its familiar format?
Lincoln Christmas Market 2020, in early December, has already been cancelled because of Coronavirus-related concerns over social distancing and the safety of traders and spectators.
Brigg Town Council and Brigg District Lions are central to the organisation of our Friday night festive get-togethers, which attract up to 2,000 people if the weather is favourable.
At the Town Council's next 'virtual' meeting, to be held on Thursday evening (July 16), 'Christmas Lights' appear on the agenda.
We expect this to prompt discussion about this year's switch-on ceremony and festive fair, and things should then become clearer.
It might seem a bit early to be talking about Christmas, but a great deal of organisation goes into setting up the festive showpiece in its usual format, including promoting and taking bookings for outdoor and indoor stalls.
Perhaps the lights will still be erected and illuminated from late November into January, even if the fair and other parts of the evening do not go ahead in the traditional manner.
A popular feature of the Market Place's on-stage entertainment in recent years has been Annie Fanny (played by Darren Johnson) and colleagues from the cast of Scunthorpe's annual pantomime.

PICTURED: Brigg Market Place on the Friday night when the Christmas lights were switched on at the end of November 2019. Social distancing was not then an issue.

BRIGG TOWN'S SEASON TO BEGIN... AT LAST


Brigg Town Cricket Club is finally going to enjoy some games during a season whose start has been delayed for weeks by Coronavirus emergency restrictions. Broughton and Hibaldstow cricketers will also be playing matches from early August.
Our local clubs will be involved in a specially-arranged Trophy, rather than playing their scheduled fixtures in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League, as would normally be the case.
In order to reduce travel, teams that have opted to take part in the Trophy have been placed in four regional groups and will play each other on a 'round robin' basis on Saturdays throughout August, with the winners meeting in the semi-finals. The final will be played on September 12.
Innings will be 40 overs a side, with bowlers restricted to a maximum eight apiece. Traditional teas will not be taken during the interval.
The North East Group includes Brigg Town and Broughton, while Hibaldstow will compete in the North West.
Provisional fixtures have been drawn up but may be subject to some changes.
Brigg Town will have away games at Barton on Saturday, August 1, Broughton on August 8, Grimsby Town on August 22 and Cleethorpes 2nds on August 29. Brigg will also play East Halton on Saturday, August 15 - venue yet to be confirmed.
Spectators are welcome at these matches but must not touch the ball if it crosses the boundary.
Due to various Coronavirus concerns about this team sport, including the match ball being handled by different fielders, the government did not permit the 2020 season to start anywhere in the country... until now.
Games were due to commence during mid-April in many UK leagues.
BROUGHTON FIXTURES: Aug 1 - Grimsby Town, away; Aug 8 - Brigg Town, home; Aug 15 - Cleethorpes 2nds, home; Aug 22 - East Halton, home; Aug 29 - Barton Town, away.
HIBALDSTOW GAMES: Aug 1 - Alkborough, away; Aug 8 - Messingham, away; Aug 15 - Haxey, home; Aug 22 - Scunthorpe Town 2nds, home; Aug 29 - Outcasts, away.


PICTURED: A Brigg Town home match at the Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road, last season, with the familiar mature avenue of trees beyond.

NEW BRIGG CAR PARK LITTER BINS PLANNED


Brigg Town Council members will be asked to agree the provision of replacement litter bins within the Old Courts Road car park during their next meeting on Thursday evening (July 16).

This issue was raised briefly at the June meeting and it was agreed to defer things for further consideration.
The Old Courts Road car park bins are some of the first things visitors and shoppers pass after leaving their vehicles and heading towards the town centre, and also when making return journeys.
The Town Council is currently revising the provision of litter bins across the town - providing larger ones at key locations and re-purposing some bins to other sites.
The aim is to reduce the amount of litter on pavements, green spaces and the riverside.
However, much depends on the individual. Sadly, some people seem unwilling to use bins even if they are close by!
Thursday night's council meeting is also expected to receive an update about the relocation of allotments from Grammar School Road (not far from the M180 flyover) to a new site to be created on part of Woodbine Park, near South View Avenue.
These plots will be managed by the Town Council, which currently operates sites on Redcombe Lane/Atherton Way and Grammar School Road. Tenants keen to grow their own fruit and veg pay an annual rental fee.
Green-fingered residents wanting to know more or inquire about plots should contact the council - enquiries@briggmarkettown.co.uk

Saturday, July 11, 2020

ICONIC SPITFIRE TO FLY OVER BRIGG AREA TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE NHS


Many Brigg people's eyes are set to reach for the skies over the town today to catch a rare glimpse of a surviving Spitfire fighter plane.
It will be making fly-pasts over hospitals in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Midlands in support of NHS staff and their efforts during the Coronavirus emergency.
Weather permitting, the Aircraft Restoration Company's Spitfire will be leaving Humberside Airport, Kirmington, at 5pm today and is due over Scunthorpe General Hospital at 5.05pm. So it will be over the Brigg area between those times, although the exact route has not been disclosed.
Get your binoculars, mobile phone cameras or just your eyes ready at 5pm and scan the skies! And let's not forget the sound of its iconic engine.
Having flown over many hospitals, it will complete the 'sortie' over Grimsby's at 6.03pm before returning to land at Humberside Airport circa 6.10pm.
Local folk lucky enough to see and/or hear the plane tonight are welcome to donate to the NHS Spitfire Project on a Just Giving Page. Link here...
The Spitfire has 'Thank NHS' written in letters on the underside of its wings.
Spitfires operated from Hibaldstow and Kirton Lindsey airfields during the Second World War.
The Aircraft Restoration Company, based at the famous Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, says: "Over the course of the summer we are hoping to cover our blue, photo-reconnaissance Spitfire PL983 'L' in 80,000 names, each one nominated by you! All the money made from the nominations will be donated to NHS Charities Together to support the incredible people within the NHS who have been the nations heroes throughout this pandemic."
Our pictures show a different Spitfire accompanied by a Hurricane over Brigg some years ago (above) and (below) the same planes from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which arrived from RAF Coningsby, with the Lancaster bomber, in 2010 for a WW2-themed event organised by Brigg Amateur Social Historians (BASH) at the Servicemen's Club. We photographed them from the top of the old cast iron footbridge (since removed) at Brigg railway station.







ANOTHER BRIGG BAR REOPENS AFTER LOCKDOWN


Another Brigg bar reopened after lockdown last night (Friday, July 10).
The doors were opened to customers at the Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, from 5pm.
Owners Admiral Taverns had indicated that The Brit was planning to reopen this week.

 
Brigg bars today (Saturday, July 11) are starting their second weekend since being freed from 100+ days of Coronavirus emergency closure by the government.
Last Saturday saw Wetherspoon's White Horse, the Lord Nelson, the Woolpack, the Black Bull and Brigg Town Football Club's licensed Hawthorns clubhouse all reopen on the day when restrictions were lifted across the UK.





They were joined by Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, pictured above, on Coney Court, which took the towels off the pumps on Thursday (July 9) for the first time since late March. 


The Hawthorns has opened a new beer garden - part of which is under cover - a welcome provision in view of some of the wet weather Brigg has had to endure in recent weeks!
Last weekend saw Sarah Hardy, landlady of the Woolpack and chairwoman of Brigg Pub Watch (representing local licensees), being joined by her mother and sister. Sarah is in the middle of the picture below which Brigg Blog took on Saturday evening. The 'short' glass was ours, not hers!
Three other bars have yet to inform us of their reopening dates.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: NEW ALDI BRIGG STORE UPDATE


The new Aldi store -  under construction in Brigg - has already been earmarked for a routine food hygiene inspection by North Lincolnshire Council when it opens.
The structure of the store building is complete and the 'bellmouth' entrance/exit from Bridge Street has been installed, but work continues on and near the site, as these recent pictures show.
The international discount retailer has yet to announce an opening date.
 




Routine food hygiene inspections of business premises in Brigg and district appear to have been put on hold during the Coronavirus emergency lockdown period.
There have been no monthly inspection ratings announced by North Lincolnshire Council or West Lindsey District Council, via the Food Standards Agency, since late April.
Among outlets whose star ratings is to be made public once normal service resumes is the Sweet Shop at 63b High Street, Broughton, and the Whistle & Flute pub/restaurant, on Railway Street, Barnetby.
Looking further ahead, the council will also been grading the proposed new Lincolnshire Co-op food store on Victoria Road, Barnetby, for which planning approval has been granted.





Although the Aldi store is in Brigg, it will be very convenient for Waters Edge housing estate residents on the other side of Cake Mills Bridge. They are all Broughton parish residents, as the road sign pictured below informs people passing by on the A18.
There will be crossing points for shopper/pedestrians on this busy main road.
The latest UK store date to be issued by Aldi is July 16 when one will open on Gascoyne Way, Hertford.




BRIGG & WOLDS: COMMITTEE TO DECIDE IF NEW HOMES CAN BE BUILT


A proposed housing development for the Brigg & Wolds Ward is to be considered by North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee at its next meeting on July 15.
Elected councillors will decide whether to grant permission to erect four dwellings, with associated access and landscaping, on land adjacent to 1 Silver Street, Barnetby.
This application has been referred to the committee because of "significant public interest and highway safety."
It was deferred at a previous meeting to allow members to visit the site before making a decision.
The proposed site is located to the eastern side of Silver Street, close to its junction with Victoria Road. The intention is to build one detached two-storey dwelling on the southern part of the site and a row of three terraced two-storey dwellings further north, fronting onto Silver Street.
A detailed report about this application, prepared for councillors by one of their officers, is recommending that permission is granted by the committee.

Friday, July 10, 2020

COFFEE LOVERS: COSTA BRIGG ANNOUNCES REOPENING DATE


One of the best-known retail names in Brigg Town centre will soon be back in business.
Costa  - the coffee specialist on Wrawby Street - will be reopening from lockdown on Saturday, July 18.
Opening hours will be 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 6pm on Sundays.

This is a particularly popular outlet in Brigg town centre so there's bound to be plenty of interest in its return.
Costa outlets across the country closed on March 23.
Ours first opened in 2015 - the former Poundstretcher store having being converted.

BRIGG GRANNY FLAT APPROVED


North Lincolnshire Council has granted permission for a granny flat in Brigg.
Planners have agreed to the erection of a single-storey facility to the rear of Silver Birches, 22 Bigby High Road.
The North Lincolnshire authority has also granted permission for a summer house at 22 Staniwells Drive, Broughton.
West Lindsey District Council recently refused an outline planning application to erect three detached dwellings on land off Station Road, Grasby.
West Lindsey planners are now considering an outline application to build one dwelling on land to the rear of 11 Clixby Lane, Grasby.

BRIGG TANKER POST FUELS MORE TRANSPORT MEMORIES


Information about the interesting history of a transport company in Brigg has been forthcoming following our recent post about the era when heavy traffic still flowed through the town centre - before the A18 was re-routed along Barnard Avenue.
Brigg Blog illustrated our post with a picture (seen above) showing a Smith & Robinson (S & R) tanker turning out of Cary Lane into the Market Place in the early 1970s.
Terry Jaques soon got in touch to say this company had its main depot at Rothwell, Leeds, "but some people will know it by the other names after being taken over by other companies."
These include Hargreaves Transport, Rentokil Initial, Initial Transport Services (ITS) and Interoute Transport Services (ITS).
"When they started with tankers in Brigg in the late 1950s, they use to park in Cary Lane, then moved into a depot in Bridge Street, Brigg, which is now the entrance to the new Aldi Store," Terry explains about the early years.
In the late 1970s the company moved into a purpose-built depot on what is now Atherton Way, with maintenance garage and an internal/external washout station for the tankers.
This depot ran 24/7; the top part is now John Reid Transport, while the entrance to the depot in those days is now used to access Screw Fix.
Terry says the tanker depot closed not long after the Flixborough Disaster (which was in 1974) and it later became a council maintenance depot.
Brigg Blog's original post said: "We think Smith & Robinson, the company which owned the tanker lorry, had a depot on the edge of the Newlands estate - roughly where Atherton Way is today. Can anyone confirm this or supply further information?"
So many thanks to Terry, an operation manager, for not only confirming our rather vague memory but also furnishing details on the topic of tankers in the town.
If you missed our original post, here's a link...

Thursday, July 09, 2020

TAKING STOCK: STREET OFFERS BRIGG HORSE FAIR AND OTHER MEMORIES


Brigg Horse Fair has not always been held near Station Road, and for a time from the 1960s through to the 1990s it was located at the stockmarket adjoining Cary Lane, with steeds being shown and paraded nearby as potential buyers and spectators gathered.

The picture above was taken during the early 1970s, close to the fence dividing the stockmarket site from Cary Lane.
This well-known street has an interesting history and has seen a host of changes.
Most of the courtyards which housed the bulk of Brigg's population in the 19th century have some resemblance today to how they looked in Queen Victoria's reign.
However, Cary Lane is an exception, apart from the short stretch which connects with the Market Place.
 



Cary Lane once contained cottages - swept away long ago - and had gardens and orchards located towards what's now Barnard Avenue.
But all that remains today of the old lane is the tall building used by the Freemasons, the one nearby housing the Pop-In Centre and a taxi company office, and a few single-storey former outbuildings behind 7 Market Place (pictured immediately below).

 


The former market stalls storage building, next to the public conveniences, is thought to be an early 20th century addition, which explains why planning permission was granted a few years ago for its demolition - despite being located on the edge of the Conservation Area.


Cary Lane was once much wider where it meets the Market Place. However, the early 1950s saw 8 Market Place removed to make things easier for vehicles leaving and joining the A18, which still ran through the town centre.
 



Today's Cary Lane is very familiar to shoppers because of the bus station (a term not often used today) and the presence of the Wilko store - housed in premises purpose-built for Kwik Save in the 1980s.

Tesco, which established its Barnard Avenue store in the late 1990s, created a goods delivery facility with lorry access from Cary Lane.
Still a key feature of the national retailer's store today, the solidly-gated yard is opposite the former Brigg Town Hall - built by the Urban District Council circa 1970 when it outgrew cramped facilities at the Buttercross.
This Cary Lane building is now used as offices by Humberside Police.
Nearby, for many years, were portable buildings occupied by Glanford Borough Council's planning department.
Since their removal, the land has provided car parking - initially for the public (unofficially) and latterly for police staff.
Nearby there was once a bowling green whose wooden pavilion was moved across town to the Recreation Ground in the 1970s to provide extra changing accommodation. It overlooked the cricket pitch.
Tesco's store was erected on the site of the former Stockmarket built by Brigg UDC in the early 1960s. Some of its buildings faced Cary Lane. The stockmarket, with its auction ring for cattle, pigs and sheep, only lasted into the 1990s. It was hardly a white elephant, but was the considerable expense of its construction ever recouped?
Brigg Charity Market stalls were erected on Cary Lane for a time - helping local groups to raise funds.
Back then, Cary Lane was still a through road, but pedestrianisation in the 1990s resulted in major changes.
A short stretch of the lane was included in the new traffic-free zone, but access was retained for delivery vehicles, market traders and the emergency services. This was well-meant but some motorists, without good cause, continue to ignore the no entry sign on Cary Lane while visiting shops and cash machines.
Just within the pedestrian area, the former Spencer Molloy electrical goods showroom on Cary Lane has now been empty for many months.
Two wooden retail lock-ups used to stand nearby, but were demolished some years ago.
Cary Lane did not start out with that name. Almost 200 years ago it was known as Nicholsons Lane, and by the mid-19th century Hetts Lane was used (Messrs Nicholson and Hett being local lawyers).
Renaming to Carey Lane was undertaken by the Local (government) Board in 1869.
Surviving documents show that the 'e' was still used well into the 20th century.
Exactly when, and why, the spelling was altered to Cary Lane is unclear. But it happened long before our current councils came on the scene.
Carey Elwes - a member of the well-known local land and property-owning family - was a local Lord of the Manor during the latter half of the 19th century.
However, Gervase Henry Cary-Elwes was a famous singer who performed at home and abroad in the early 20th century.
So a valid case can be made for today's Cary and the formerly-used Carey.


A late 1960s view of the stockmarket with Barnard Avenue at the top of the picture and parking for cars and buses available on Cary Lane to the right.

A bus for Barton picking up passengers who had been shopping in Brigg. Wilkinson's (now Wilko) store is on the right and the delivery gates to the Tesco store on the left.

The old retail lock-ups, since demolished, next to Spencer Molloy's shop, with the Angel and the Market Place in the distance.

Viewed from the A18 traffic lights on Barnard Avenue: How the southern end of Cary Lane looks today, with Tesco on the right.

Wilko's store (left), the public conveniences (with clay pantile roof) and the old market stall storage building to the right.

Cary Lane's decorative nameplate - part of a scheme championed by Brigg Civic Society some years ago. Other town centre streets received nameplates in the same style.

The original Kwik Save store - now Wilko's. Note the provision of built-in bus shelters.

The turning circle for vehicles on Cary Lane, with the pedestrianised section away to the left.
Inspector Brett Rutty in 2009 at the point where Cary Lane becomes pedestrian only. He was then the head of policing for Brigg and rural areas of North Lincolnshire.