Brigg is a small market town in the district of North Lincolnshire. It is located at the junction of the river Ancholme and around 230 kilometers north of London. It is the gravel spur of Lincolnshire Wolds. Its whole name is Glanford Brigg.
The town has a rich history. It was the crossing point of Ancholme. It also dates as far back as the prehistoric times as prehistoric boats dugouts dating as early as 900 BCE or the Iron Age. It was also under the Saxons, in which the area was known as Glanford.
Its name was derived from the Old English word gleam which means joy, which in turn gives the town name the meaning “forde where sports are held”. It was founded as a new town by Stephen de Camera in 1183 during the crossing of Ancholme.
Similarly, the name Brigg came from the Old Norse bryggja which means bridge. The word came from the bridge built to replace the existing forde. During the civil war, the town was fortified by the Royalists. It was then rebuilt in the 1700s and early 1800s.
The whole town is now considered as a conservation area, especially with its buildings dating back from the 1700s. The old coaching inns are still in the area but were converted into government units.
The town thrives with retail and service in the surrounding areas as well as independent shops by the locals. The main shopping district is the Wrawby Street. Other industries include the light industry and food-processing companies.
Briggs hold yearly fairs such as The Summer Fest, The Horse Fair, the Christmas Fair, and the North Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival. There are also sports events and centers involving football, rowing, biking, pools, and skate parks.
Lastly, there are schools in the area such as the Brigg County Primary School.