Town library on the move to the Angel

BRIGG Library will be re-housed in the Angel Suite by next March and North Lincolnshire Councillor Rob Waltham is convinced the new arrangement will offer far better facilities for the town.

The library is presently based in Old Courts Road with a lending department on the ground floor and books for research on the first floor.

The broader plan will see an ambitious project to create a heritage centre at the same Market Place venue, which will also open in the same month.

Coun Waltham told the Mail: “North Lincolnshire has allocated £300,000 to the project.

“The library will go on the ground floor and the heritage centre on the first floor. We also hope the project will liven up the courtyard area in the building.”

The Angel Suite presently houses North Lincolnshire Council offices as well as Brigg Town Council’s offices and a multi-purpose public room, formally the ballroom of the old Angel Hotel.

The local link shop of North Lincolnshire Council is set to be in the old wine shop.

The centrepiece of the heritage centre will be the famous and Bronze Age raft. The raft was first uncovered in 1888 and was examined by experts and found to date from between 820 and 860 BC.

The remains were just over 12 metres long and just under three metres wide, and the simple boat was possibly used at one time as a ferry across the River Ancholme, near to which it was uncovered.