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GUEST,Iains Origins: Brigg Fair (107* d) RE: Origins: Brigg Fair 18 Aug 21

Pits in north Lincolnshire could cover multiple possibilities.
Clay pits were hand dug for tile and brick but this was pretty much confined to the Humber bank.(The resulting lakes can be seen either side of the Humber bridge on google earth.) The last one closed about 30 years ago on the Humber bank but I believe Sandtoft is still operating in Goxhill.
There are major excavations in the Chalk for cement making, again on the Humber bank at south Ferriby.
The early iron industry obtained ore from pits initially, before underground mining started in earnest, and was accompanied by a huge opencast mine at winterton(since filled in as waste cells with a gas gathering system and generating capacity of a couple of megawatts. The source of the iron was the lower lias and I believe this is a little to the west of brigg, but without a map I cannot be sure. Small furnaces have been found north of scunthorpe dating to Roman times.
Other pits were dug for road metal and the presence of Phosphate nodules may well have led to their extraction via pits for agricultural use.
A bit more info on pits in the link where it is stated that pit was synonymous with quarry. This makes far more sense for camping. The quarry at North Cave just over the Humber Bridge could have held many people if camping. This one also was lost to landfill.

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