The Spittals  are on the South side of Filey Brigg. Local Tradition has it that they are a Roman Pier but since the 1920′s a dispute has arisen about whether they are natural or man made. The Spittals is a spectacular structure, it is 600 metres long with only the first third exposed at very low tides. It rises up from the sandy bottom like a massive underwater railway embankment. Whatever it’s origin it is one of the most interesting and important underwater features on the North Sea Coast.


Filey Brigg Spittals Underwater

Filey Brigg Spittals Underwater

In 1995 a group of local divers the Filey Brigg Research Group started working on the structure. Over the years hundreds of underwater photographs, measurements and rock samples were taken. A marine surveyor and sub-contractor to the Admiralty took comprehensive electronic soundings.

All the evidence gathered suggests that Spittals is not of  natural origin. It was possibly built in Medieval or even Roman times as a harbour or to serve the Filey Brigg Quarry.

Read our report and conclusions :Filey Brigg Report on Spittals Rocks

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