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Brigg Town Information

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Brigg is a small market town on the River Ancholme, which joins the Humber just west of the present day Humber Bridge. It is thought that the name is derived from "briggja", an old Norse word meaning a jetty indicating the significance of the river in its location.

In the centre of a large rural area, a crossing point on a small but navigable river and with good road links (the old Roman road Ermine Street is only about 3 miles away, it is not surprising that Brigg should have thrived as a market town (granted a Royal Charter to establish a market in 1205AD).

Brigg Town Centre © Photo Colin Park
Brigg Town Centre - Photo Colin Park CCL 

Two unusual products for which the town became famous were liquorice and rabbits (for meat and fur).

Brigg - Nelthorpe Arms - Photo © David Wright
The Nelthorpe Arms - Photo: David Wright CCL

As a network of stagecoach routes became established in the 16th century, several coaching inns were built to provide a break in the journey for both people and horses.

The town further expanded with the arrival of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, which provided easy access for visitors to the town's famous Thursday market.