Digging up the past on the former Leisure World site
Demolition works on the former site of Leisure World in Bridlington are nearing completion, before work begins on the construction of a new leisure and sports facility on the site. As required by the planning permission granted for the site, archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust were appointed to carry out excavations of the site, because of the historic evidence of a fort in the area.
The Trust’s initial investigations – on behalf of BAM Construction Ltd and East Riding of Yorkshire Council – have now been completed. Potential remains of ‘Fort Hall’ have been discovered, an 18th century building which stood on the site. Three brick-lined wells have been unearthed under the hall, which suggests that access to water was needed in that location in the century or so before the hall was built.
A spokesperson for York Archaeological Trust said :”Further research will now be carried out, to try to establish whether the wells could have been associated with the fort that lay a little further south or whether, as we suspect, they were to the rear of a house that stood to the west of the site. A painting dated around 1813 shows a house on that spot”.
A spokesperson for the council added: ”These are clearly very interesting discoveries, and we will monitor the ongoing investigations. We will be able to give out more information with our colleagues at the Trust in due course.”
The archaeological work is being monitored on behalf of the council by the Humber Archaeology Partnership.