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Bayle Museum

  • Baylegate, Old Town, Bridlington YO16 7JT
  • 01262 674308
  • Arts & Heritage,
  • Monday 11am–4pm
    Tuesday 11am–4pm
    Wednesday11am–4pm
    Thursday 11am–4pm
    Friday 11am–4pm
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday 11am–4pm

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The Bayle Museum is a Grade I listed scheduled monument situated in the Old Town of Bridlington, one of Yorkshires most popular seaside resorts which makes it of great interest historically and architecturally.. It now houses a museum dedicated to the history of the town of Bridlington. The museum includes: Life size figures, interactive games, and fun for all the family!

The word Bayle is derived from the French Baille meaning ‘enclosure’ or ‘ward’.
Recent archaeological surveys of the Bayle have concluded that a large proportion of the building dates to the late 12th Century. The initial use is thought to have been a gatehouse to a castle built by William le Gros after he took control of the Bridlington Priory in 1143.


In the 14th Century the Bayle was the Gatehouse to the Bridlington Priory, a porter lived inside the Bayle and monitored the comings and goings of the Priory. An Almoner also lived in the Bayle and distributed food and ale to the poor of Bridlington.Since the dissolution of the Bridlington Priory the Bayle has been used for many different purposes including a Prison, Court, School, Garrison, Non–conformist meeting place, Town Hall and meeting room for the Lords Feoffees.

 

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