Briggensians Anniversary Meeting 2019
Across the generations, past and present students of Brigg Girls High School, Brigg Grammar School and Sir John Nelthorpe School, gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of both original schools for a celebratory Dinner at Elsham Golf Club.
The story begins when men wore armour and went to war on horseback.
Sir John Nelthorpe, was a lawyer in London but fought at Nasby with Fairfax (1645) and served under Oliver Cromwell. He was knighted in 1666, the great plague was 1664-1666 and the 'Fire of London' in 1666.
When Sir John Nelthorpe died, he left instructions in his will to set up a free school in Brigg and that was 1669; 350 years have passed and the original school building is still in use today. It is a listed building on Grammar School Road in Brigg. The school opened with a Master and Usher and 13 pupils, all boarders because transport was so difficult.
The Master taught Hebrew, Latin and Greek to prepare students for university and the Usher taught the basics. They were both churchmen, had local parishes, and preached on Sundays.
The Girls High School had very different beginnings. It opened in 1919, 100 years ago, in the Congregational School Rooms on Wrawby Street plus a Kindergarten in Pratts shop in the market place.
Wooden huts were quickly erected on a small site adjoining the old Vicarage. The girls were very happy there under the direction of the inspirational Miss Lardelli. There were enrolled sixty-six pupils but initially only thirty-five desk spaces.
The girls grew vegetables on a patch of garden and used them when cooking their own lunches.
The cramped conditions and inadequate accommodation was eventually recognised and a new school built on Wrawby Road; this opened in 1937 at a cost of £23,500. (The new Ancholme Academy cost over £31million)
Political will determined that the High School and Grammar School would amalgamate and the Sir John Nelthorpe School was born in 1976 alongside the Brigg Sixth Form College created in conjunction with the Vale of Ancholme School.
Planning for the school based celebrations is well underway with an ambitious multi-phase project “Our Place in Time” just getting started which will see the development of a community, theatre, arts and music, facility based around the old schoolroom and performance areas with new access from Grammar School Road.
It is with great sadness that I report the sudden and sad loss of John Hastings' wife Sylvia.
They had been out to visit friends and Sylvia had a fall that resulted in her having a brain haemorrhage.
It was not possible to revive her and she passed away.
We send sincere condolences to John and both their families.
SJN - Our Place in Time project
This video rendering shows how the original old school room at Sir John Nelthorpe would look following its refurbishment for the 'Our Place in Time' project. This would serve as a reception area for both the school and a new performing arts centre for Brigg.
You might recognise the Middleton Door in the background.
This video rendering shows how the original old school room at Sir John Nelthorpe would look following its refurbishment for the 'Our Place in Time' project. This would serve as a reception area for both the school and a new performing arts centre for Brigg. You might recognise the Middleton Door in the background.
If you can offer time, expertise or funding to help make this a reality, do get in touch. We will be emailing members as soon as more details are announced.
BGS Football 1924-5 & 1926-7
Below are a couple of old photos of BGS football between 1924-5 (left) and 1926-7 (right). Can you spot any old family members?
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