Filey Brigg has been used as a quarry since ancient times. The 4th Century Roman Signal station was built from Filey Brigg Stone. Parts of Bridlington Priory and other churches in the area were also built using the same material. The Chartulary of Bridlington Priory contains this contract dated 1230:

GRANT by Ralph de Neuill son of Ralph de Neuill to the Canons, of
building stone in the quarry of Fiuele for the fabric of their monastery and
Offices (officinarum) to be taken where and as much as they wish, at
their own cost. He also grants a full and free road over the rocks
(super falesium) of the quarry for the whole length of the said rocks, as well
in the place called Le Hok as elsewhere where they can find stone, with free
ingress and egress for their carts to carry it. Warranty. Testimonium.
These being witnesses, etc,

The stone used on the Brigg was a type of Calcareous grit, known as Birdsall Grit. Quarrying was the right of the Manor of Humanby and only ceased early in the 20th Century. The badly eroded cliffs in Filey Brigg Corner are a result of the removal of a huge amount of stone.

A report on the Archaeology of this section of coast and photographs of quarrying activities can be found at the English Heritage Site.

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