Exploring Old Town’s roots

Heritage Open Day Old Town Bridlington
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David Hinde and Rosie Binns 6
Heritage Open Day Old Town Bridlington Picture by Paul Atkinson: NBFP PA1636-15j David Hinde and Rosie Binns 6

Intrigued visitors and have-a-go historians took to the heritage-steeped streets of Bridlington Old Town to get in touch with the area’s roots.

By the 1700s, Bridlington Old Town have flourished into a prosperous area that housed attorneys, doctors, apothecaries and rich merchants.

Heritage Open Day Old Town Bridlington
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The Georgian Tea Rooms history book signing
Pictured Frank Bull

Heritage Open Day Old Town Bridlington Picture by Paul Atkinson: NBFP PA1636-15f The Georgian Tea Rooms history book signing Pictured Frank Bull

Many of the buildings that adorn High Street were either rebuilt or re-fronted - and these Georgian buildings remain today. The Bellman of Bridlington Old Town, David Hinde, was on hand at the Bayle Gate, to welcome visitors to Saturday’s Heritage Day.

David said: “I told them the story of Dickie Fletcher, who was Bridlington’s Town Crier from 1819 to 1827. I also told the story of Henry V, who came through the Bayle Gate in 1421, six years after the English’s victory at the Battle of Agincourt.

“He came to the Shrine of St John, which was the most important shrine in all of England.

“The town grew around the Priory and the Old Town. In those days, that’s all that it was - that and the harbour, of course.”

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Owner Kynan Simmons give a tour of The Toft 43 high street to Janet and Dave Garder

Heritage Open Day Old Town Bridlington Picture by Paul Atkinson: NBFP PA1636-15e Owner Kynan Simmons give a tour of The Toft 43 high street to Janet and Dave Garder

David also made a cry outside the Georgian Tea Rooms, on High Street, as visitors met with local authors to discuss their works. Linda Ellis was joined by fellow writers Frank Bull, Chris Bonnet and Peter Thompson, who were offering book signings inside the Tea Rooms.

The Bayle Museum was also open to visit free of charge, and guided tours of Bridlington Prior were on offer.

And ‘It’s All About Heritage’ was held at the Priory Tea Rooms, which showcased the work of Bridlington groups and organisations that help to preserve the town’s heritage.

Bellman David Hinde added that there has been a surge in interest for the Old Town - thanks to groups like Bridlington Old Town Association.

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Mike Wilson giving talks

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He said: “It’s all about confidence. We gave people confidence to visit the Old Town, and we gave people confidence to invest in the Old Town.

“For a small Association like ours, we have done a lot of good.

“Some of the great things that have happened are the investment at the Board Inn and the Pack Horse.

“These things are happening because of publicity by the Old Town Association.”

Not to be sniffed at...Emile Craven.

Not to be sniffed at...Emile Craven.

Heritage Open Day Old Town Bridlington
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Trying out the Cell in bayle gate Honey Bell 10

Heritage Open Day Old Town Bridlington Picture by Paul Atkinson: NBFP PA1636-15b Trying out the Cell in bayle gate Honey Bell 10

Greeting visitors the the Bayle Gate.

Greeting visitors the the Bayle Gate.