Author Mike reveals Bridlington’s history

Mike Wilson with a copy of his new book, Bridlington Remembered.
Mike Wilson with a copy of his new book, Bridlington Remembered.

BRIDLINGTON Remembered is the latest title by a local author expressing his interest in the stories of Bridlington’s history.

Mike Wilson, 76, of Burstall Hill, has researched quirky and fascinating facts about the town and has presented them in a 140-page book.

Articles include memories written by fisherman George William Crawford, as well as pieces about the visit of the Lord Mayor of London in 1906, the background to Bridlington’s Three Bs, St John of Bridlington’s story, the men who have been Bridlington’s town crier, and the tragic story of Frederick Strickland.

There’s a piece about the discovery of gold coins near the Bayle in 1921, the story of the archery butts on St Mary’s Walk and the day of local disaster at sea in 1915.

You can learn about gribbles, read a description of Bridlington in 1849, and meet George Hardwick, a prolific Bridlington writer.

There are over 250 photographs in the book to help illustrate the stories, and Mike has several contributions from other people, many of whom bring a different view of the town.

The book will be on sale at the Tourist Information Centre and Lodge Books on South Back Lane, priced at £7.

Currently, Mike is working to produce a book of the letters of Second Lieutenant Topham Becher Dabridgecourt Hough, which were rediscovered at Bridlington School recently. The letters relate the day-to-day life of an 18-year-old caught up in training for the perils of the trenches in World War One.

Mike is also set to republish Marmaduke Prickett’s 1836 History of the Priory Church, to support the 900th anniversary of the founding of the monastery.

Mike welcomes enquiries from groups who may be interested in hosting talks about his publishing adventures.

Contact him at michael.wilson@tesco.net or by phone on 01262 609228 if you are interested in a talk by Mike.