Category Archives: Northern England

Bamber Bridge

The pub where Burgess made a little extra money by playing the piano at weekends

The pub where Burgess made a little extra money by playing the piano at weekends

Burgess writes of those who dwelt in Bamber Bridge:

A tough people who went their own way, kept a dour sense of humour in all circumstances, and always contrived to enjoy life, the lads and lasses of the Brigg have probably by now succumbed to the mondial plastic culture which is killing our old folkways and rendering travel to foreign parts a waste of time. The Brigg folk have probably been supermarketed and computerised and televised out of merriment.

(from ‘The Brigg’, his 1983 memoir)

Bamber Bridge

Bamber Bridge. One of the remaining blocks of the Emergency Training College, where Burgess lived with his wife from 1948. Their flat was at the end of the structure, the rest being occupied by students in separate study-bedrooms

Bamber Bridge: one of the remaining blocks of the Emergency Training College, where Burgess lived with his wife from 1948. Their flat was at the end of the structure, the rest being occupied by students in separate study-bedrooms

Burgess writes of those who dwelt in Bamber Bridge:

A tough people who went their own way, kept a dour sense of humour in all circumstances, and always contrived to enjoy life, the lads and lasses of the Brigg have probably by now succumbed to the mondial plastic culture which is killing our old folkways and rendering travel to foreign parts a waste of time. The Brigg folk have probably been supermarketed and computerised and televised out of merriment.

(from ‘The Brigg’, his 1983 memoir)