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Bridlington History.

We would like to thank Bridlington historian and writer Mike Wilson who has contributed the vast majority of our history section for your enjoyment. 

Mike describes himself as over 80 years old (and can’t believe it!), grey-haired, pot-bellied, slightly deaf and needing glasses. That’s the downside. What’s positive about him is, well, you be the judge. . . He’s retired after umpteen years as a typesetter for newspapers and magazines, and married with a lovely younger wife called Diane. He has written a lot in the past, and had many articles published in local interest magazines.

He has also won minor prizes for poetry, short stories and articles. Nowadays he’s more into researching and writing books on various matters. He is amazed that he is about to publish books No.15 and No.16, all with a Bridlington interest.

Mike also creates books for others, so that they too can enjoy the thrill of opening a box of new books. He loves Diane, Bridlington, steam locomotives, aircraft, flying, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Lee Child novels, his Canon 500D DSLR and photography, his PC and the internet, and his collection of Bridlington ephemera.

He’s found freedom from religion, cares for humanity and hopes to leave life eventually having contributed some good.

Bridlington History

Welcome to Bridlington.net's history section covering events and people from Bridlington's history. Most of the information on this page has been provided by local historian and author Mike Wilson, we thank Mike for all of his hardwork in putting together this page and for his help with our Bridlington history section and for documenting much of the content.

  • Victorian Pubs

    Victorian Pubs

    Victorian Pubs

    According to an old document I have, there was a good choice of public drinking houses in the town in 1845.

    In the Old Town these have long since disappeared: 

    Baylegate: Scarborough Castle

    Church Green: George and Dragon

    High Street: Admiral Nelson, Admiral Parker, Buck Inn, Cross Keys, Horses and...



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  • Regal Cinema, 1938-1968

    Regal Cinema, 1938-1968

    Regal Cinema, 1938-1968

    Regal Cinema

    Phil Walton was once chief projectionist at the Regal Cinema and he tells me: The cinema was opened in 1938 with a total seating capacity of 1355 (stalls: 916; circle: 439). In February 1964 it was renamed ABC, then changed to Star on 1st July 1969. The Mini...



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  • Bridlington Grammar School

    Bridlington Grammar School

    Bridlington Grammar School

    From: Current Architecture

    Bridlington Grammar School

    This school, which was opened in 1899, provided accommodation for a hundred boys, thirty of whom were boarders, with the head-master's house at the south end of the building. The part then erected ended northward with the central hall.

    The plans were designed...



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  • Baptist Church in Bridlington, 1879

    Baptist Church in Bridlington, 1879

    Baptist Church in Bridlington, 1879

    From: The Architect, 27th December, 1879

    NONCONFORMIST CHURCHES

    The Nonconformist Church, Bridlington, belongs to the Baptist denomination. The cost of this church was £2,900, and it will seat on the ground floor and one gallery 603 persons. 

    From The Architect, 6th February, 1874

    Design for new Church at...



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  • Who Owned These Cars?

    Who Owned These Cars?

    Who Owned These Cars?

    These old car photographs are part of a collection of ephemera from the Madden family of Bridlington. The same distinguished looking gentleman appears in four of the five. It has been discovered that the owner of this car is John Vere Kinsley, a Bridlington coal merchant. This car, a 1903...



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  • Front Page News

    Front Page News

    Front Page News

    In the mid-1970s, the Bridlington Free Press changed its format from broadsheet to tabloid. At around the same time newspapers were casting aside traditional hot-metal composition in favour of computerised typesetting, before the final change-over to page make-up on computer monitors.At the same time, Emmerdale Farm, one of ITV's popular...



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  • Flamborian leaves Bridlington, 1998

    Flamborian leaves Bridlington, 1998

    Flamborian leaves Bridlington, 1998

    In June 1998, Flamborian sailed from Bridlington harbour for the final time. The photograph shows her on her penultimate voyage. After the following trip, I was the last fare-paying passenger to leave her decks.

    During the 1960's, Boys' Own was structurally altered, being refitted by Trevor Silverwood. She was then...



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  • The wooden switchback railway

    The wooden switchback railway

    The wooden switchback railway

    This is the wooden switchback railway which operated from 1888. The horses and carts are likely to contain countryfolk from the surrounding villages, many of whom travelled to Bridlington for their holidays that way. Sometimes, the horses were 'dressed' and competitions were held for the 'best-dressed horses.' The estate was...



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  • A 17th Century Smoothie With A Difference

    A 17th Century Smoothie With A Difference

    A 17th Century Smoothie With A Difference

    This month we celebrate 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo, that famous victory over the 'old enemy' France. As a nation we tend to revel in the rivalry between ourselves and the French. Thankfully, today this is a friendly rivalry but nevertheless we still enjoy drawing comparisons between our...



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  • Unruly Behaviour Byelaw, 1963

    Unruly Behaviour Byelaw, 1963

    Unruly Behaviour Byelaw, 1963

    New byelawAs a result of disturbances during cinema performances, a byelaw was passed on 30th January 1963. Phil Walton (formerly the chief projectionist at the Regal Cinema)  gave me a copy:

    ______________________________________________________________________

    BOROUGH OF BRIDLINGTON

    LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1933

    BYELAW

    for the Good Rule and Government of the Borough of...



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  • Bridlington Town Guide 1929

    Bridlington Town Guide 1929

    Bridlington Town Guide 1929

    The sun, whose rays are all ablaze with ever living glory,Rises each day across our Bay, and Bridlington's true storyIs often told in waves of gold. "Bright Bridlington" we name her,And if her fame exceed her name, well, I for one don't blame her.

    These are the opening words...



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  • The People's Palace

    The People's Palace

    The People's Palace

    The People's Palace, Bridlington

    These paragraphs were gleaned from local newspapers of the time.

    A company has been founded to buy the Rosendale Estate, on the road between Burlington and The Quay, on February 1, 1896. The share capital is £10,000, with 800 6% preference shares of £5 each and...



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  • Bridlington's Archers

    Bridlington's Archers

    Bridlington's Archers

    From Bridlington Quay and Neighbourhood by Thomas CapePrinted and published at Furby's 'Observer' Offices, King Street. 1877Bridlington's Archery ButtsShooting with the cross-bow as well as with the long-bow was among the most popular pastimes in former days, but in the fifth year of the reign of Edward IV, an Act...



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  • An Icy Rescue  - Bridlington Man rescues Sir John Ross

    An Icy Rescue - Bridlington Man rescues Sir John Ross

    An Icy Rescue - Bridlington Man rescues Sir John Ross

    This is one of the stories that I enjoy about Bridlington. I admire immensely the men of the sea and all that they have to do to survive on the treacherous waters. That a Bridlington man should have sailed into Arctic waters only to find Sir John Ross, who...



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  • Loss of Life from Shipwreck at Bridlington, 11th April, 1837

    Loss of Life from Shipwreck at Bridlington, 11th April, 1837

    Loss of Life from Shipwreck at Bridlington, 11th April, 1837

    From Illustrated Times, 11th April, 1837

    A few days since, at Bridlington, near Hull, during a strong S.E. gale, a small billyboy schooner came ashore south of the harbour of that place. She went into the bay and anchored in the afternoon. She soon dragged her anchors. Being light and...



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  • Extensions to Alexandra Hotel, 1920

    Extensions to Alexandra Hotel, 1920

    Extensions to Alexandra Hotel, 1920

    From The Building News, No. 3424, 20th August, 1920

    Alexandra Hotel, Bridlington, Yorks

    New Extensions

    The present hotel, which occupies a commanding position on the sea front on this East Coast resort, has a frontage of 128 feet; by the proposed extensions this will be increased to 362 feet....



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  • Roman Mosaics at Rudston

    Roman Mosaics at Rudston

    Roman Mosaics at Rudston

    Many years ago, when I had the desire to be a "reporter," I was fortunate enough to visit the Roman remains at Rudston. I say "reporter," because the word "journalist" was far too up-market for the likes of me.I spent a mere few weeks with the editorial department of the...



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  • Field's Oriental Lounge, Summer Season 1915

    Field's Oriental Lounge, Summer Season 1915

    Field's Oriental Lounge, Summer Season 1915

    Cigarettes

    One hundred years ago, Field's Oriental Lounge were advertising a show called "Cigarettes," starring Ernest Crampton, Beatrice Edwards, Nellie Le Breton, Prudence Neville, Fred Hurdle, Harold Hurdle, Reginald Jecks and Horace Manger. It appears that the "Cigarettes" refer to the cast, who "arranged their stage as a smoking lounge,...



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  • Nylons on Sale in Bridlington, December 1950

    Nylons on Sale in Bridlington, December 1950

    Nylons on Sale in Bridlington, December 1950

    Bridlington Free Press, Friday, 8th December, 1950

    Something worth queueing for? - Rather!

    Some come out in triumph with the precious packages, while many more wait to get in. Yes, it was nylons. A shop in the Promenade soon had this queue when the word got round.

    Article by...



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  • Opening of the Floral Clock, 21st June, 1907

    Opening of the Floral Clock, 21st June, 1907

    Opening of the Floral Clock, 21st June, 1907

    The Bridlington Chronicle, Friday, 21st June, 1907

    New Floral Clock on the Prince's Parade

    The Mayoress sets it in motion

    On Wednesday evening last a huge crowd assembled on the Royal Prince's Parade to witness the setting in motion of the new floral clock (put down on the Parade...



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  • Retirement of Lifeboat Cox Branny Welburn,  1937

    Retirement of Lifeboat Cox Branny Welburn, 1937

    Retirement of Lifeboat Cox Branny Welburn, 1937

    Bridlington Free Press, Friday, 24th December, 1937

    Lifeboat Coxswain "Branny" Welburn to retire

    Long service and excellent work

    Few, if any, people in Bridlington do not know the name of Ernest "Branny" Welburn and in the midlands his name as being the Coxswain of the Bridlington motor lifeboat "Stanhope Smart"...



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  • Beohrtel's Ton Bridlington's Anglo Saxon name

    Beohrtel's Ton Bridlington's Anglo Saxon name

    Beohrtel's Ton Bridlington's Anglo Saxon name

    During Anglo-Saxon times, there was only a small settlement here instead of a town. Bridlington was known as Beohrtel's ton - the farm belonging to Beohrtel. Nearby was Sewerby - which has a Viking name meaning Siward's farm or village.During 2009, this finial of a copper-alloy pin was found in a...



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  • Day of Disaster

    Day of Disaster

    Day of Disaster

    Day of disaster

    A Grimsby trawler in service as minesweeper Lord Airedale sank in a storm at Bridlington on 18th March 1915. She was eventually refloated and brought into harbour. The photograph (right) is dated 6th April. The lower photograph shows the vessel beyond the breaking waves.The sinking of the...



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  • Fishermen's Sunday, Grand Concert 10th February, 1935

    Fishermen's Sunday, Grand Concert 10th February, 1935

    Fishermen's Sunday, Grand Concert 10th February, 1935

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    The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals(By kind permission of Brigadier F. A. Heyman, O.B.E., and Officers)Conductor: R. R. Ricketts

    The Spa Repertory Company(Robert Roberts, Proprietor)

    Mrs Bessie Nelson (Soprano)

    Mr W. Walker (Bass Baritone)

    Mr Geo. Hardwick

    Accompanists: Mrs Marie Stephenson and Mr Norman Holden

    Names...



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  • Bridlington's Maritime Disaster

    Bridlington's Maritime Disaster

    Bridlington's Maritime Disaster

    SIX LOCAL LIFEBOATMEN drowned, scores of other seamen lost and up to thirty vessels destroyed. These bare facts alone cannot fully express the drama in Bridlington during that dreadful February day which witnessed The Great Gale in 1871.Two days before, the eighth, dawn was clear and calm. Hundreds of...



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  • Kit Brown in Stone

    Kit Brown in Stone

    Kit Brown in Stone

    In 1995, I was fortunate enough to play the part of Kit Brown in "Come Hell or High Water," the Bridlington community play. The play was created with the professional help of Remould Theatre of Hull, now no more. Rupert Creed and Richard Hayhow were the writers of the...



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  • The Pirate Radio Station

    The Pirate Radio Station

    The Pirate Radio Station

    Radio 270 was to be a radio station for Yorkshire. A group of northern businessmen decided to set up an offshore commercial radio station.The vessel Oceaan Vll was purchased in February 1966 with the intention of broadcasting on 1st April, 1966. However, the start was cancelled due to the non-arrival...



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  • Bridlington Cinemas -  Through the Years

    Bridlington Cinemas - Through the Years

    Bridlington Cinemas - Through the Years

    The following information was kindly provided by Sarah Hutchinson who works at Bridlington Central Library.   The library has many old photos and images that we havent been able to include in the information below, however they would be very happy to provide any further  information should you wish to...



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  • 1695 An Act for the Repair of the Peers of Bridlington

    1695 An Act for the Repair of the Peers of Bridlington

    1695 An Act for the Repair of the Peers of Bridlington

    Anno RegniGULIELMI IIIREGISAngliae, Scotiae, Franciae, & HiberniaeOctavo & Nono

    At the Parliament begun at Westminster, the Two and twentieth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1695. In the Seventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord WILLIAM the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Scotland, France,...



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  • Bridlington Cricket Club Rules, 1948

    Bridlington Cricket Club Rules, 1948

    Bridlington Cricket Club Rules, 1948

    BRIDLINGTON CRICKET CLUB

    RULES

    Adopted at the Annual General Meeting of Members held at the Oberon Restaurant, on Monday, March 8th, 1948.

    1. The Club shall be called the "Bridlington Cricket Club."

    2. The management of the Club shall be in the hands of a General Committee (hereinafter referred to...



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  • John of Thwing

    John of Thwing

    John of Thwing

    It is truly disappointing that the town of Bridlington has, but for a few exceptions, nothing to celebrate a man who was destined to become a saint. The man, of course, was John, from the family of Twenge. And the saint? St John of Bridlington, the last English saint before...



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  • Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club Centenary Dinner, 1947

    Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club Centenary Dinner, 1947

    Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club Centenary Dinner, 1947

    RYYC Centenary Dinner

    The Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club held their Centenary Dinner (1847-1847) at the Alexandra Hotel, Bridlington, on Saturday, 26th April, 1947. 

    Menu:

    Hors d'Oeuvres Varies or Creme Princesse

    Poulet de Grain Roti, Sauce Pain, Puree de Epinards, Petits pois Sautes

    Trifle a L' Anglaise or Flan aux Pommes

    Cafe

    Toasts were...



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  • Bridlington Royal National Lifeboat Institute Minutes - 1865

    Bridlington Royal National Lifeboat Institute Minutes - 1865

    Bridlington Royal National Lifeboat Institute Minutes - 1865

    The minutes of the Bridlington Royal National Life-boat Institute14th October, 1865: At a meeting of the Local Committee held the fourteenth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, at the home of J. W. Watson, Hon. Sec., the following charges were preferred against John Wallis, Coxswain of the...



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  • National Association of Railwaymen 50th Anniversary, 1984

    National Association of Railwaymen 50th Anniversary, 1984

    National Association of Railwaymen 50th Anniversary, 1984

    National Union of Railwaymen's 50th Anniversary Conference

    This small production is the Agenda for the National Union of Railwaymen for the Fiftieth National Joint Conference of Shunters, Guards and Chargemen Shunters held at The Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington, on Friday and Saturday, 1st and 2nd June, 1984. 

    The signature on...



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  • Bridlngton's Light Railway Plans

    Bridlngton's Light Railway Plans

    Bridlngton's Light Railway Plans

    The Light Railways Act, 1896, allowed interested parties to set up light railways, and Bridlington featured in two Acts, one in 1897, the second in 1898.The first was the Flamborough and Bridlington Light Railways Order, 1897, which authorised the construction of light railways between those two places.There were four...



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  • The Spa Story

    The Spa Story

    The Spa Story

    This list gives some of the important dates in the life of the Spa Royal Hall & Theatre. Some items are there because of the personal interest of the writer.1895 The Bridlington Spa Gardens and Estate company established1896 Construction started on sea wall, and was completed in 11 weeks. The...



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  • Bob Carvill, Bridlington's heavyweight boxer

    Bob Carvill, Bridlington's heavyweight boxer

    Bob Carvill, Bridlington's heavyweight boxer

    Bob Carvill, Bridlington's heavyweight boxer

    Local heavyweight boxer Bob Carvill was scheduled to fight in Bridlington at the T. & T. Roller Rink at 9pm on 12th July, 1930. The Bridlington fight was advertised as the finest programme ever staged in the town. Buses were to "run from all parts...



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  • 1904 Cyclists' Meet at Bridlington

    1904 Cyclists' Meet at Bridlington

    1904 Cyclists' Meet at Bridlington

    We have had a lot of excitement recently with the Tour de Yorkshire, which started off in Bridlington at 11.45am on Friday, 1st May, 2015. Thousands of people lined the streets and there was bunting and decorated cycles all over town.

    But, 101 years ago, Bridlington was the venue for...



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  • The Three Bs Shield

    The Three Bs Shield

    The Three Bs Shield

    There are often disputes about what BBB stands for and I'd like to provide some evidence for its correct interpretation.

    From Bridlington Quay and Neighbourhood by Thomas Cape; printed and published at Furby's 'Observer' Offices, King Street. 1877.

    "The arms of the town, in heraldic language, are party per pale,...



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  • The Belvedere Sea Wall, 1927

    The Belvedere Sea Wall, 1927

    The Belvedere Sea Wall, 1927

    The South Side Sea Wall and Promenade

    The inception of the development of the South Side of Bridlington took place when Messrs Whitaker Bros Ltd, of Leeds, acquired a large area of land in the ancient parish of Hilderthorpe, extending on the sea front from the Harbour to the Borough...



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  • Sewerby Road Clearance, 1956

    Sewerby Road Clearance, 1956

    Sewerby Road Clearance, 1956

    From Bridlington Free Press & Chronicle, Friday, 4th May, 1956

    Work begins on clearing Sewerby Road area

    369 houses to be pulled down in five years

    The appearance of parts of Bridlington will be drastically altered during the next few years as many of the old houses are demolished...



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  • First Freeman of Bridlington, Cllr E. Lambert, 1921

    First Freeman of Bridlington, Cllr E. Lambert, 1921

    First Freeman of Bridlington, Cllr E. Lambert, 1921

    First Freeman of Bridlington, Cllr E. Lambert

    From the Bridlington Chronicle, Friday, 4th March, 1921

    The first freeman of BridlingtonHonour conferred on Councillor E. LambertPresentations at the Grand Pavilion

    Yesterday (Thursday), the Grand Pavilion was the scene of the presentation of the Freedom of the Borough of Bridlington, upon Councillor...



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  • Tales from the Treasure House February Fevers

    Tales from the Treasure House February Fevers

    Tales from the Treasure House February Fevers

    Are you still trying to overcome that lingering cough or cold from the new year, which just won't go away in spite of all the medicines money can buy? Well, if you were to walk into your local archives instead of the local chemists, you would find one or two...



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  • Railway's Arrival

    Railway's Arrival

    Railway's Arrival

    On 6th October 1846, the railway from Hull was opened at Bridlington. The first train to enter the town had 66 carriages drawn by three engines, the Ariel, Hudson and Antelope. On board were two bands of musicians, and 2,000 people were at the station to welcome it. Later a...



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  • British Transport Commission Staff Dinner, 1955

    British Transport Commission Staff Dinner, 1955

    British Transport Commission Staff Dinner, 1955

    British Transport Commission, Bridlington

    Second Annual Staff Dinner

    Saturday, 29th October, 1955, at Oberon Restaurant

    The menu was:

    Cream of Tomato Soup

    Roast ChickenStuffing, Bread SauceChoice of two VegetablesCreamed and Baked Potatoes

    Fruit Tar

    Biscuits and Cheese

    Coffee

    These advertisements were included: Cameron's Strong Arm Ale, available at Seabirds Inn,...



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  • Tales from the Treasure House - preserving collections from the past

    Tales from the Treasure House - preserving collections from the past

    Tales from the Treasure House - preserving collections from the past

    Some truly magnificent historic collections of items from bygone times are built up by antiquarians, but unfortunately they are all too easily lost, destroyed or split up and sold if the collector loses interest or dies.

    Staff at the East Riding Archives at the Treasure House in Beverley come across...



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  • Name Change for Watson's Balk

    Name Change for Watson's Balk

    Name Change for Watson's Balk

    At a meeting of the Sanitary Committee, held in the Town Hall, on Tuesday, the 20th day of February, 1912 (present, Councillor S. Dyer (in the Chair), Alderman L. Mainprize (Mayor), Aldermen Andrew and Bennett, and Councillors Hill, Nightingale and Rennard), the question of workmen's dwellings having been considered, resolved:...



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  • Three B's Bar Price List 1970

    Three B's Bar Price List 1970

    Three B's Bar Price List 1970

    Three B's Theatre Bar followed the Grand Pavilion on the site that was later Leisure World, but is now empty ground awaiting the construction of the next venue for Bridlington attractions. I was there for the opening of Leisure World, but I wonder if I'll still be around...



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  • Storm at Bridlington, 1830

    Storm at Bridlington, 1830

    Storm at Bridlington, 1830

    Morning Chronicle, 14th January 1830

    Storm at Bridlington

    Bridlington Quay, Monday morning: We have experienced a succession of bad weather here for several days past, but since Saturday it has blown a tremendous gale from the northward. About 150 sail of vessels are riding in the bay. A revenue cutter...



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  • York City & County Bank

    York City & County Bank

    York City & County Bank

    BANK: BRIDLINGTON QUAY

    This illustration is taken from The Builder, 23rd June, 1900. It shows the design by Messrs Demaine & Brierley, architects, for the frontage of York City & County Banking Coy. Limited in King Street, completed in 1899.

    The magazine states: "The key plan shows the arrangement...



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  • Lifeboat Service on 19th March, 1915

    Lifeboat Service on 19th March, 1915

    Lifeboat Service on 19th March, 1915

    Bridlington Lifeboat Service

    18th/19th day of March, 1915

    Date and circumstances of the case:

    At 10.50pm on Thursday, March 18th, flares were seen in the Bay apparently two and a half miles south of Bridlington. I at once proceeded to Life Boat House and had the rocket fired for the...



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  • Allerston's Legacy - John Taylor Allerston, one of Bridlington's foremost artists

    Allerston's Legacy - John Taylor Allerston, one of Bridlington's foremost artists

    Allerston's Legacy - John Taylor Allerston, one of Bridlington's foremost artists

    Mr John Taylor Allerston, one of Bridlington's foremost artists, died in 1914. Mr Allerston's name lives on in Bridlington for his pictures of the Great Gale of February 1871, many of which have become synonymous with that event.

    The son of a draper from Old Town, he died at 86...



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  • Fund-Raising Bazaar, 1st October, 1906.

    Fund-Raising Bazaar, 1st October, 1906.

    Fund-Raising Bazaar, 1st October, 1906.

    This church held a bazaar over three days, beginning on Tuesday, 1st October, 1906. A 94-page book was produced which lists events, photographs of personnel involved and page after page of recipes for savouries, puddings, cakes and buns.

    The church is not identified as the cover to the booklet...



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  • Bridlington Corporation Employees' 12th Annual Outing, 1925

    Bridlington Corporation Employees' 12th Annual Outing, 1925

    Bridlington Corporation Employees' 12th Annual Outing, 1925

    P R O G R A M M E :

    Monday, May 25th, 1935

    4.00am Leave Bridlington (Breakfast on train)10.09am Arrive Edinburgh. Party proceeds to Edinburgh Castle, where the various historical rooms will be inspected11.20am Leave Castle and proceed to St Giles' Cathedral, and then to11.55am City Chambers, where...



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  • An Example of Victorian Arrogance

    An Example of Victorian Arrogance

    An Example of Victorian Arrogance

    Frederick Strickland

    Readers may well have heard of the name Strickland. One of the Stricklands – William – is credited with bringing the turkey to England in the mid-1500s following his voyages of exploration in America.

    But what about Frederick? What is his claim to fame? Frederick's father was Sir...



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  • The Norwegian Chalets

    The Norwegian Chalets

    The Norwegian Chalets

    The Sketch, 10th August, 1898

    Towards the far southern end of the sea wall in Bridlington, five Norwegian-style chalets were built by Whitakers in 1898. The Sketch for 10th August that year shows a photograph of the first property with the explanation: "Among the curious houses in this country...



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  • Opening of the Sea Wall and Promenade, 1928

    Opening of the Sea Wall and Promenade, 1928

    Opening of the Sea Wall and Promenade, 1928

           

    Left: Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary Viscount Lascelles

    Right: The Right Hon., Viscount Lascelles, K.G., D.S.O.

    Programme

    Friday, 7th September, 1928

    At noon: Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary Viscountess Lascelles, accompanied by the Right Honourable The Viscount Lascelles, K.G., D.S.O., with the Lady-in-waiting...



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  • 1719 Acts for the Repair of the Piers

    1719 Acts for the Repair of the Piers

    1719 Acts for the Repair of the Piers

    ANNO REGNI

    GEORGII

    R E G I S

    Magna Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae

    QUINTO

    At the Parliament Begun and Holden at Westminster, the seventeenth Day of March, Anno Dom. 1714, in the First Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain,...



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  • Gas Masks Distributed at Bridlington - 1938

    Gas Masks Distributed at Bridlington - 1938

    Gas Masks Distributed at Bridlington - 1938

    From Bridlington Free Press, 1st October, 1938:

    Gas Masks Distributed in Bridlington

    Work Carried Out Smoothly and Expeditiously

    The Positioning of Various Trenches

    Work in connection with Bridlington's A.R.P. arrangements began in earnest on Tuesday. Motor lorries were sent to Nottingham for sufficient gas masks for the entire population, and...



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  • Don't panic - the real Home Guard is here!

    Don't panic - the real Home Guard is here!

    Don't panic - the real Home Guard is here!

    With the nationwide release this week of the much anticipated movie 'Dad's Army', all eyes are on Bridlington and other parts of the East Riding that acted as filming locations for the fictional Walmington on Sea.

    The famous drill hall, where the classic characters of Dad's Army regularly assemble in the...



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  • Bridlington Spa Renovation

    Bridlington Spa Renovation

    Bridlington Spa Renovation

    Regenerating of one of the East Coasts Finest Entertainment Venues

    Background

    Bridlington Spa is a much cherished and valued amenity in Bridlington and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Bridlington Spa houses events of national and international repute. The functions and attractions that come to Bridlington through the doors of...



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  • Where is the Treasure?

    Where is the Treasure?

    Where is the Treasure?

    On the last day of 1921, Isaac Walter Clarkson, James Alexander Wrightson and John James Shaw were busy in Kirkgate near the Bayle Gate in the demolition of old houses to improve the approaches to the Priory.Clarkson struck a white earthenware jar, releasing a hoard of gold coins: 43...



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  • Sands Cottage Estate, 1920

    Sands Cottage Estate, 1920

    Sands Cottage Estate, 1920

    From The Building News, No. 3424, 20th August, 1920

    SANDS COTTAGE ESTATE

    BRIDLINGTONThis Yorkshire building enterprise is in the hands of a private synndicate, and the site comprises thirty-six acres situate about a mile to the north of Bridlington, on the Flamborough Road. The homes are standardised, and...



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  • Kathleen Mary Ward, Carnival Queen, 1930

    Kathleen Mary Ward, Carnival Queen, 1930

    Kathleen Mary Ward, Carnival Queen, 1930

    Carnival Queen 1930

    Miss Kathleen Mary Ward was crowned Queen of the Cotton Carnival in July 1930. Seventeen-year-old Kathleen was carried on a golden throne in a procession through the town from Old Town to Royal Prince's Parade. Horrockses of Manchester featured largely in the event, staging mannequin parades and...



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  • Echoes of Christmas Past

    Echoes of Christmas Past

    Echoes of Christmas Past

    Mention Christmas and most of us instantly think of receiving presents, but if we stop and think for a while, we should also remember that the spirit of Christmas is about giving. As well as giving and receiving presents from within our circle of family and friends, it's a time...



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  • Railway Man Fasts for 50 Days

    Railway Man Fasts for 50 Days

    Railway Man Fasts for 50 Days

    Railway man fasts for 50 daysA story from the Bridlington Free Press of July 1932 tells of the 50-day fast by Alfred Wilson, a railway porter from Stockport.After a fast of 70 days the previous year, Mr Wilson undertook this feat for a wager of £200.He spent his fifty days...



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  • Wold Newton Rock

    Wold Newton Rock

    Wold Newton Rock

    Over two centuries ago, the East Riding played host to one of the groundbreaking events that helped advance the study of astronomy and even our understanding of the universe itself. On 13 December 1795, at 3pm, a large meteorite struck near the village of Wold Newton, near Driffield. Two loud...



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  • Get Your Kit On!!! Bathing in the Sea in the Early 20th Century

    Get Your Kit On!!! Bathing in the Sea in the Early 20th Century

    Get Your Kit On!!! Bathing in the Sea in the Early 20th Century

    Swimming or bathing in the sea is an activity we take very much for granted nowadays; we can paddle liberally into the sea in our trunks, bikini, or even mankini, without any concern, save perhaps for whether or not our bodies are 'beach ready'.

    But oh, how things have changed,...



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  • Views of Bridlington's Future?

    Views of Bridlington's Future?

    Views of Bridlington's Future?

    Are these images a glance of what could be at Bridlington harbour and in the surrounding area? These visions were on public show in November 2014. This contribution is merely a personal look at the pieces and is in no way official. The wording is mine and I hope all...



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  • 1915 Bridlington Town Guide

    1915 Bridlington Town Guide

    1915 Bridlington Town Guide

    Bridlington: Yorkshire's Boating ResortBridlington's appeal: Its Unfailing Vivacity

    According to a well-known witticism, it is futile to take coals to Newcastle. A simile would be to attempt to introduce the name of Bridlington to the great holiday-making public of, say, Yorkshire and Lancashire. Most people, however, are at least familiar...



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  • Herman Darewski, Bridlington's Director of Music 1924-1926 & 1933-1939  - All for Bridlington

    Herman Darewski, Bridlington's Director of Music 1924-1926 & 1933-1939 - All for Bridlington

    Herman Darewski, Bridlington's Director of Music 1924-1926 & 1933-1939 - All for Bridlington

    Herman Darewski, a Russian musician, was Bridlington's Director of Music 1924-1926 and 1933-1939. Herman put Bridlington on the map as a dance resort.

    Herman Darewski and his Dances caused concern in the town when landladies were up in arms as he kept their guests out after 10pm.

    ...



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  • We Will Never Forget

    We Will Never Forget

    We Will Never Forget

    Immediately after the cessation of hostilities in 1918, plans were made to commemorate the town's fallen with a suitable memorial. A £100 first prize was offered for the best design and in November 1919 it was announced that the winner had been chosen. Over 80 designs were submitted, and...



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  • Tales from the Treasure House: computer says slow

    Tales from the Treasure House: computer says slow

    Tales from the Treasure House: computer says slow

    It is safe to say that there isn't a schoolboy or girl in East Yorkshire that hasn't heard of or used a computer, or indeed the internet. They simply can't remember a time when computers weren't a vital part of people's lives and, for those of us who do recall...



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  • Printers Ink - Free Newspaper

    Printers Ink - Free Newspaper

    Printers Ink - Free Newspaper

    On 6th December, 1957, Printers Ink made a reappearance. The free newspaper was first published in 1928 and "continued to interest the public of Bridlington until the Spring of 1940. Then, owing to the severe wartime restrictions on the supply of paper, Printers Ink was discontinued."

    Seven thousand copies...



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  • Early Education at Bridlington Knitting school

    Early Education at Bridlington Knitting school

    Early Education at Bridlington Knitting school

    The Burlington Knitting School has long since vanished from the side of the Bayle Gate, in Bridlington's Old Town.

    Founded in 1670 by Mr William Bower, the school's income was derived from a small farm at Birdsall, left in his will as a perpetual endowment.

    Mr Bower's headstone reads:...



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  • Bridlington Golf Club Official Handbook

    Bridlington Golf Club Official Handbook

    Bridlington Golf Club Official Handbook

    Bridlington's professional golfer introduces "How to Play Bridlington Golf Course":

    "On many occasions members and visitors at this club have asked me how I should play a certain hole, both from their point of view and my own.

    "I have written in this book the most satisfactory way, in...



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  • St Anne's Orphanage and Convalescent Hospital, 1878

    St Anne's Orphanage and Convalescent Hospital, 1878

    St Anne's Orphanage and Convalescent Hospital, 1878

    From: The Architect, 20th July, 1878

    ST ANNE'S ORPHANAGE AND CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL

    BRIDLINGTON QUAY

    These premises, when finished, are intended to accommodate 150 inmates; at present only a portion is completed. As the building has been erected by public subscriptions, the funds did not allow of the whole scheme,...



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  • A Menace in Bridlington Harbour

    A Menace in Bridlington Harbour

    A Menace in Bridlington Harbour

    From Bridlington Quay and Neighbourhood by Thomas CapePrinted and published at Furby's 'Observer' Offices, King Street. 1877Timber-Eating Insects in the HarbourA peculiar cause of injury to the jettying and other wood-work in the harbour arises from a small but destructive insect.In a chapter headed "Indirect injuries caused by insects," in...



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  • Cliff Richard and the Shadows at the Spa

    Cliff Richard and the Shadows at the Spa

    Cliff Richard and the Shadows at the Spa

    On Sunday, 3rd September, 1961, Cliff  Richard & The Shadows performed two shows on the stage at the Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington. These photographs were taken from the front row with a Voigtlander 35mm using Iford HPS black and white film, processed at the town's Books outlet. In 1999 the...



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  • Driffield deluge over 100 years ago

    Driffield deluge over 100 years ago

    Driffield deluge over 100 years ago

    It seems as though extreme rainfall is characterising our weather more and more these days.

    Maybe that's a misconception, but the fact remains that flood damage is a major problem for all too many people, and here in the Archives at the Treasure House in Beverley, some captivating historic images...



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  • 1704 Acts for Repair of Piers at Bridlington

    1704 Acts for Repair of Piers at Bridlington

    1704 Acts for Repair of Piers at Bridlington

    Anno primoGeorgii Regis

    An Act to Revive and Continue an Act of the Eighth and Ninth Years of the Reign of His late Majesty King William, for Repair of the Piers of Bridlington alias Burlington in the East-Riding of the County of York.

    WHEREAS by an Act made in...



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  • Tales from the Treasure House - amazing wildlife pictures from the 19th century

    Tales from the Treasure House - amazing wildlife pictures from the 19th century

    Tales from the Treasure House - amazing wildlife pictures from the 19th century

    Stunning pictures of birds produced by Benjamin Fawcett, a renowned 19th century bookseller, stationer and printer who was based in Driffield, are highlighted in rare books available to view at the Treasure House in Beverley.Benjamin Fawcett performed the engravings and printing work for the much-celebrated Victorian book 'A History of...



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  • Bridlington Queen

    Bridlington Queen

    Bridlington Queen

    Bridlington Queen was built at East Molesley, Surrey, in 1947, and started cruising from Bridlington later that year. She was 19.6m long, and weighed 26 tons. She had twin Dorman engines which were later replaced by twin Lister Blackstones. She could carry 146 passengers.On 17th July 1966, Bridlington Queen...



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  • Mayoral Dinner, 9th September, 1932

    Mayoral Dinner, 9th September, 1932

    Mayoral Dinner, 9th September, 1932

    MAYORAL DINNER

    A Mayoral Dinner was held at the Alexandra Hotel, Bridliington, on Friday, 9th of September, 1932, on the occasion of Visit of the Second Destroyer Flotilla of the Home Fleet to Bridlington.

    The menu consisted of: Royal Natives; Consomme aux Cheveau d'Ange and Creme Reine Margot; Filet de Sole Moet et Chandon; Ris de Veau Braise Malmaison; Poulet...



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  • Tales from the Treasure House - when Christmas presents were abolished!

    Tales from the Treasure House - when Christmas presents were abolished!

    Tales from the Treasure House - when Christmas presents were abolished!

    Tightening the purse strings during times of economic downturn is nothing new.

    Throughout the ages, people have always tried to cut down their spending when the going gets tough, especially at Christmas, when people feel it the hardest. But somehow, we always pull through, and ensure that we have a...



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  • Bridlington Electricity Works, 1905

    Bridlington Electricity Works, 1905

    Bridlington Electricity Works, 1905

    BOROUGH OF BRIDLINGTON

    ELECTRICITY WORKS

    Staff at the electricity generating station on Brett Street. Bowler equals boss; flat cap equals worker. Workers are standing; senior staff are sitting. 'The lad' holds the cat. The Corporation station opened in 1905, creating power until 1936, when electricity was supplied by the...



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  • The Bridlington Eye a  Short-lived Attraction

    The Bridlington Eye a Short-lived Attraction

    The Bridlington Eye a Short-lived Attraction

    The Eye on the Bay opened late in the summer of 2007, well after its proposed opening date. The views were tremendous and everyone should have ridden The Eye while there was opportunity to do so. Financial difficulties at the end of the 2007 season led to the wheel being...



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  • Proclamation of King Edward VIII - 1936

    Proclamation of King Edward VIII - 1936

    Proclamation of King Edward VIII - 1936

    Proclamation of King Edward VIII - 1936

    This is the letter sent from George Melvin, Town Clerk, informing members of the Council of the Proclamation of King Edward VIII. It is dated 22nd January, 1936, and was sent from the Town Hall, Bridlington.

    The letter reads: I have to inform...



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  • Bridlington Lifeboat - Return of Service in 1915

    Bridlington Lifeboat - Return of Service in 1915

    Bridlington Lifeboat - Return of Service in 1915

    BRIDLINGTON LIFEBOAT - RETURN OF SERVICE18th/19th day of March, 1915Date and circumstances of the case:At 10.50pm on Thursday, March 18th, flares were seen in the Bay apparently two and a half miles south of Bridlington. I at once proceeded to Life Boat House and had the rocket fired for the...



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  • The Coliseum, 1921

    The Coliseum, 1921

    The Coliseum, 1921

    The Coliseum, The Promenade, Bridlington

    The Coliseum was opened by the Mayor, Cllr Fenby, on Easter Monday in March 1922. The ballroom was in the basement, the floor being of rock maple, laid on 2,000 springs. The theatre could accommodate 1,200, with the seats so arranged that "the most elaborate...



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  • At Bridlington, 1915

    At Bridlington, 1915

    At Bridlington, 1915

    From The Yorkshire Weekly Post, Saturday, 11th September, 1915

    FORTUNATELY the charm of Bridlington is not due entirely to its crowds. There is accommodation for immense numbers, and numbers of people are always to be found on the sands, in the tiers of promenades, on the Prince's Parade, on...



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  • Tales from the Treasure House - a Tommy's weapon notes

    Tales from the Treasure House - a Tommy's weapon notes

    Tales from the Treasure House - a Tommy's weapon notes

    With over 17 million dead, and 20 million wounded; the scale of the tragedy created by the First World War is perhaps indescribable. It is hardly surprising that portrayals of this conflict are almost always affected by the sadness and emotion that follows with such an enormous loss of life...



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  • Bridlington's Time Capsule, 1947

    Bridlington's Time Capsule, 1947

    Bridlington's Time Capsule, 1947

    Somewhat ambitiously for Bridlington, the town was looking forward to the year 2197 when a time capsule was buried in the path leading to the Town Hall. A stone tablet marks the spot stating that the capsule was buried in 1947, marking "the beginning of the Atomic Era."

    Councillor F....



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  • World-famous Strongman Trained in Bridlington

    World-famous Strongman Trained in Bridlington

    World-famous Strongman Trained in Bridlington

    An achievement by a man who made a name for himself world-wide in the early 1900s is now practically unnoticed in Bridlington. George Fiursdale Jowett had been born in Bradford, two days before Christmas day in 1891.George unfortunately fell from his mother's lap and hit a pair of fireplace irons....



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  • Spitfire Crashes at Bessingby Road

    Spitfire Crashes at Bessingby Road

    Spitfire Crashes at Bessingby Road

    A Bridlington World War Two story that might not be very well known is that of pilot Albert Richard August Van Hecke. Albert was a 28-year-old Belgian who had escaped from Begium when it was occupied by the Germans.

    On arrival in the UK, Albert joined 349 (Belgian) Squadron. He...



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  • Postill's Legacy

    Postill's Legacy

    Postill's Legacy

    One evening in January 1865, a Bridlington tailor, Mr John William Postill, noticed a group of fishermen struggling to read by the light of a storm lantern. Shortly afterwards he rented a small cottage in Cliff Street, a few yards from the harbour slipway, and allowed the men to read...



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  • Harbour meeting, Bridlington Quay, 1808

    Harbour meeting, Bridlington Quay, 1808

    Harbour meeting, Bridlington Quay, 1808

    At Bridlington-Quay, on 3rd November, 1808, at a general meeting of the principal Ship-Owners, Merchants, Master-Mariners,and other Inhabitants of the PORT & NEIGHBOURHOOD OF BRIDLINGTON, the following resolutions were unanimously passed:1. That LORD VISCOUNT GALWAY be requested to take the chair.2. That this meeting has, for many years, observed with deep concern...



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  • Dates of Principal Municipal Events, 1899 to 1937

    Dates of Principal Municipal Events, 1899 to 1937

    Dates of Principal Municipal Events, 1899 to 1937

    Dates of Principal Municipal Events since the Incorporation of the Borough1899, 9th November: CHARTER DAY1901, 31st January: Proclamation of King Edward VII at Bridlington1902: Clough Bridge widened and new street named Bridge Street1902, 2nd June: Boer War Peace Celebrations1902, 9th August: Coronation (Edward VII) Festivities at Bridlington1903, 24th September: Last...



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  • Local Man Tackles Atlantic

    Local Man Tackles Atlantic

    Local Man Tackles Atlantic

    I have always been fascinated by the story of Robert Fowler and his ship Woodhouse.I have collected these extracts telling how he sailed to America with a group of Quakers. I try to use original quotes when recording the histories I am interested in. This is so I do not...



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  • Bridlington's Rejected War Memorial 1920

    Bridlington's Rejected War Memorial 1920

    Bridlington's Rejected War Memorial 1920

    1920 – Unbuilt War Memorial, Bridlington, Yorkshire

    Architects: P. M. Andrews and H. G. Blackford

    Following the end of the war in 1918, plans were made to commemorate the Bridlington's fallen with a suitable memorial. A £100 first prize was offered for the best design and over 80 designs were...



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  • Presentation of Organ to Bridlington High School for Girls, 1936

    Presentation of Organ to Bridlington High School for Girls, 1936

    Presentation of Organ to Bridlington High School for Girls, 1936

    Bridlington High School

    for Girls

    Presentation of the Organ by Miss Drummond

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 1936

    at 6pm

    Signed by Edward C. Bairstow

    RECITAL by SIR EDWARD BAIRSTOW, Mus.Doc.

    PROGRAMME

    1. Organ Solo: Fugue in Eb (St Ann's), Bach2. Unison Song: Let...



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  • A Bridlington Schoolboy's War

    A Bridlington Schoolboy's War

    A Bridlington Schoolboy's War

    Second Lieutenant Topham Becher Dabridgecourt Hough, 8th East Yorkshire Regiment.

    During October 2012, a box of World War One letters was re-discovered during reorganisation at Bridlington School. On 18th October, I emailed the School offering to create a book of the letters and Humanities teacher Roy Horobin became an enthusiastic...



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  • A Gift for the Future- Bridlington's Time Capsule

    A Gift for the Future- Bridlington's Time Capsule

    A Gift for the Future- Bridlington's Time Capsule

    Somewhat ambitiously for Bridlington, the town was looking forward to the year 2197 when a time capsule was buried in the path leading to the Town Hall.

    A stone tablet marks the spot stating that the capsule was buried in 1947, "marking the beginning of the Atomic Age."

    Councillor F....



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  • Prince's Parade: New Pavilion and Shops

    Prince's Parade: New Pavilion and Shops

    Prince's Parade: New Pavilion and Shops

    From: The Building News, 4th September, 1903

    ROYAL PRINCES' PARADE, BRIDLINGTON

    The Corporation of Bridlington propose extending the Princes' Parade northwards and erecting thereon a new pavilion to accommodate about 2,000 persons. The buiding is octagonal, and has a raised gallery internally on the western side facing the sea....



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  • Minting, the Trick Rider

    Minting, the Trick Rider

    Minting, the Trick Rider

    The Sketch, 6th September, 1899

    The Sketch used a very similar illustration to show Minting, the trick rider, descending the spiral track on one wheel in the West Spa Gardens, Bridlington Quay.

    This photograph, however, shows him running down the track, and was found in an album originating with...



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  • Tales of the Sea

    Tales of the Sea

    Tales of the Sea

    I make no apologies for having two pages on the History site dedicated to The Great Gale of 1871, as it is an important factor in Bridlington's history.

    Elsewhere you can find my telling of the events, but this page relates the story as it was told in "Tales...



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  • Bridlington Floral Hall Fire

    Bridlington Floral Hall Fire

    Bridlington Floral Hall Fire

    The Floral Hall on Flamborough Road basking in the sun. But . . . in 1923 . . .

    this fire destroyed the Hall. The smoke is drifting north towards Trinity Church . . . 

    . . . which is just discernible in the background. The notice...



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  • Bridlington Through the Ages

    Bridlington Through the Ages

    Bridlington Through the Ages

    The Bridlington timeline runs from 1072 when the Manor of Bridlington was confiscated by William the Conqueror, up to 2009 when Woolworths store closed and the local newspaper The Bridlington Free Press celebrated its 150th birthday. I have listed what I consider to be the major events in the...



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  • Visit by Famous Aviator

    Visit by Famous Aviator

    Visit by Famous Aviator

    For a small town like Bridlington, the visit of such a famous person as Sir Alan J. Cobham, KBE, AFC, was quite an occasion back in 1931.On Tuesday, 5th May, that year, Sir Alan landed at Grindale, to the north of the town, where he was met by the Mayor,...



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  • Sky Lit by Flames when the Spa Theatre Set on Fire

    Sky Lit by Flames when the Spa Theatre Set on Fire

    Sky Lit by Flames when the Spa Theatre Set on Fire

    At about nine o'clock on Saturday, October 20, 1906, Bridlington residents were started by a sound like the explosion of bombs and the sound of the alarm at the Electricity Works, announcing a fire.

    The annual fair was in full swing on High Green [near Priory Church in Old...



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  • A Royal Bridlington Visit

    A Royal Bridlington Visit

    A Royal Bridlington Visit

    Queen Street and Queen's Square, Bridlington, are not just named after just any queen. One queen actually stayed in the town, long ago in 1643. I have always been fascinated with the story of Queen Henrietta Maria. Did you know that one of her gloves is in the Bayle Museum?...



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  • The Sea Shall Not Have Them, a story about Kit Brown

    The Sea Shall Not Have Them, a story about Kit Brown

    The Sea Shall Not Have Them, a story about Kit Brown

    WHENEVER stories of the treachery of the sea are told, that of Christopher (Kit) Brown of Bridlington must surely be among the most incredible.He lived within a stone's throw of the harbour waters in a small cottage [now demolished] at the bottom of Spring Pump Slipway. This is the sloping...



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