GSR is based in the historic market town of Brigg, inhabiting the wonderful 2nd floor space of The Steel Rooms, with a thriving workshop and café scene in an award-winning and historic building on the market place with a view of the River Ancholme.
Used as a crossing-place, meeting place and market place for thousands of years and much of the centre of the town of Brigg contains buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. A thriving shopping destination with lots of independent traders, Brigg holds one of the busiest Farmers Markets in Lincolnshire each last Saturday of the month (Decembers may vary), and is still the location of the Brigg Horse Fair, a tradition begun in the 14th century.
Immortalised in the folk song Brigg Fair, famously set by Frederick Delius and Percy Grainger, Brigg has a wealth of folk history and is still a place for music and performance. Indeed, Percy Grainger espoused the cause of the Lincolnshire folk song, collecting them in 1905 and 1906, where he hiked through the surrounding countryside with his Edison wax cylinder recorder, capturing as many songs as he could, sung by the locals.
Surrounded by farmland and nature reserves Brigg and GSR are also short drives away from many leisure and heritage sites, and art lovers visiting the area might also want to take in The Ropewalk Contemporary Arts & Crafts centre in Barton on Humber, and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe – both only a short drive away.
The town itself sits on a gravel spur of the Lincolnshire Wolds that juts out into the valley of the Ancholme – a tributary of the Humber Estuary – which historically provided a narrow crossing point of the river and its flood plain.
The Lincolnshire Wolds rise to the east, and to the west the land slopes gently up to the Lincolsnire Edge, 2 miles away.
The town itself sits on the alluvial soils of the Ancholme and the area surrounding the town was previously a semi-flooded marsh, which has now been transformed into arable land.