Martyn Coltman of Burlington Design has helped drive the rejuvenation of Bridlington Old Town. He tells us more about this unique part of the coastal town.
Bridlington has a longstanding reputation as a good old-fashioned seaside town; situated towards the southern side of the north east coast, it spans a glorious coastline, similar yet different to Yorkshire’s other illustrious resorts. As well as the natural beauty of its setting, the town also attracts visitors for its family friendly fun times. Whilst traditional charm remains at the forefront of Bridlington, it is also bringing in the new, conversely in the old town.
Bridlington Old Town is the original Bridlington, formerly known as Bretlington or Burlington, and famous long before the seaside became fashionable. It was originally a medieval settlement that grew up around one of the most powerful Augustinian Monasteries in England – 12th century Bridlington Priory, which still partially exists as the magnificent Parish Church of St. Mary.
The high street that leads from the Priory was the original road to York Minster, and exists to this day as one of England’s most complete Georgian streets. Full of galleries, antique shops, quirky inns, great restaurants, tea rooms, vintage and specialist shops that are bringing a unique new life to this great old town. The coming together of places like Morten Gallery, The Nut & Nettle, Three Ridings Coffee, Mlkwood Store, Tiffin & Co, Alex May Gallery, Heather’s Simply Vintage, Beauty Bank, Gray’s Emporium and Bridlington Old Town Gallery has revitalised the area and reclaimed the streets.
Major annual festivals also take place here, including the huge 1940s Festival, the Secret Gardens Festival and the Dickensian Christmas Festival, and Heritage Open Days and Open Studios are celebrated every Spring and Autumn to further showcase the history and culture that lays deep within Bridlington.
Elsewhere, more unique independent businesses excel in Bridlington town centre, from original cafes through specialist stores to trendy eateries, as the renaissance of the old town spreads throughout Bridlington. There are increasingly more surprises to discover in this town that is fast becoming a cultural and historical trip for any discerning visitor to the Yorkshire Coast.
Images: Bridlington Ferris Wheel, Morten Gallery, Tiffin & Co, The Nut & Nettle