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Whitby Swing Bridge

Swing Bridge in Whitby

Whitby Swing Bridge The River Esk has been crossed by bridges at this location for centuries. A grant made by King Edward III in 1351 allowed the collection of tolls for the maintenance of a bridge. By the mid 1550s the tolls averaged around £6 per annum (£2,033 as of 2015). In 1629 an agreement […]

Whitby Whale Bones

Whitby Whale bones on West Cliff

Whitby Whale Bones On the West Cliff is a statue of Captain James Cook who served his apprenticeship in the town, and a whalebone arch, commemorates the whaling industry. It is the second such arch, the original is preserved in Whitby Archives Heritage Centre.

The Resolution Hotel Whitby

Pub Scene in Whitby

The Resolution Hotel Whitby This unpretentious hotel in an Edwardian-style building is a 3 minutes’ walk from Pannett Park and a 5-minute walk from Whitby train station. Traditional rooms feature flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making equipment. A room with a 4-poster bed offers direct views of Whitby Abbey (a landmark in Bram Stoker’s Dracula). […]

Caedmon Whitby

Henrietta Street and St Mary's Church at Whitby

Caedmon is the earliest English poet whose name is known. An Anglo-Saxon who cared for the animals at the double monastery of Streonæshalch (Whitby Abbey) during the abbacy (657–680) of St. Hilda (614–680), he was originally ignorant of “the art of song” but learned to compose one night in the course of a dream, according […]

Other whaling ships Whitby

William Scoresby

Other whaling ships Whitby Then in 1807 Scoresby invented the Crows Nest. It is believed the pulpit in St Mary’s Parish Church, at the top of the 199 steps, near Whitby Abbey, was the inspiration for this. Scoresby went on to to sail for a further ten years on board other whaling ships making four […]

The ‘Resolution’ Whitby

Busy stalls on the quayside in Whitby

The ‘Resolution’ Whitby In 1803 Scoresby was offered captaincy and one eighth ownership of a new Whitby ship the ‘Resolution’ a brand new ship built by Fishburn and Brodrick. The ‘Resolution’ set sail from Whitby with the captain’s son, William Scoresby Jnr at just 13 years old, and was a huge success. With another 7 […]

The ‘Dundee’ Whitby

East Beach in Whitby

The ‘Dundee’ Whitby Soon offers were being made to Scoresby and eventually he finally became commander of the London ship the ‘Dundee’, a much larger vessel than ‘Henrietta’. In 1798 the Dundee set sail for the Greenland Fishery and returned with an enormous 36 whales. This was Scoresby’s record catch. For 5 years he sailed […]

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