Place has, moreover, great capabilities for improvement; is well adapted for
trade, and might, by the hand of man , be transformed into a beautiful
retreat for the sickly or the gay' - John Cole (on Filey Brigg) 1828
To modern eyes
Filey Brigg may seem to be a natural rock promontory but appearances are
deceptive. In late Roman times a sizeable Roman Signal Station occupied the
cliff above the Brigg (Carr Naze).
medieval times and later large parts of the Brigg were quarried away to
provide stone for Hunmanby, Bridlington Priory and Bridlington Harbour. It
is likely that such activities greatly accelerated the severe erosion that
can be seen on the Brigg today.