STRUCTURE SET FOR TeleVision STARDOM

A FAMOUS rock structure under Filey Brigg’s waters is set to make waves on a national television programme.

The Spittals, which many believe originate from Roman or medieval times, are due to feature on the BBC Coast programme next year as part of a new cutting edge aerial survey into the area.

Camera crews spent hours by the historic site as a small drone aircraft took photographs which will produce a 3D image of the Spittals in all their glory.

Members of Filey Brigg Research group, Chris Robinson, Chris Clark and Bob Briggs, were joined by archaeologist John Buglass for the filming and were delighted with the results.

Chris Robinson, project leader, said: “The Spittals looks like an railway embankment underwater and stands eight metres clear of the seabed in places.

“It runs for 600 metres into Filey Bay and at extreme low tide only the first third of the structure is still visible.

“We believe that the Spittals was used for transporting stone from Filey Brigg by barge.

“We have historical evidence that Filey Brigg was quarried from Roman times until 1905 and stone was used to build Bridlington Priory, Bridlington Harbour and local churches.

“Spittals was used as a harbour from medieval times, it may even be of Roman Origin, serving a nearby fourth Century Roman Signal Station.

“The aerial survey is the final piece in the puzzle and may help to date the structure.

“We had considered carrying out a land survey of the piles of boulders on the Brigg, which may be quarry waste but it would have taken years.

“However, Nigel’s plane has done the work in a few minutes, what a result!”

The research group carried out a detailed underwater survey in the mid-1990s, which dismissed the theory that the Spittals were of natural origin.

Bob Briggs, the group’s research co-ordinator, added the new technology had allowed for a greater insight into the structure.

He added: “We have been shown the first images and they are amazing, we can look at the site at any angle with a resolution of a less than a centimetre.

“Even the droplets of spray from seas breaking over the Brigg are visible and frozen in time.

“When we carried out our survey this kind of technology didn’t exist.”

The group now hopes to use the aerial footage to complete their project.

The Coast programme is set to be broadcast next year.