Whitby Archives Heritage Centre This heritage centre contains historic photographs and artifacts from Whitby and North Yorkshire area. It contains family and local history departments, an exhibition hall and also a heritage shop. They are holders of the entire collection of the regional newspaper “Whitby Gazette” and home to the original West Cliff historic whalebone […]
Things to see and do. Whitby Abbey, Goths, Dracula, Endeavour, Saucy Seaside Postcards, Folk Festival, Whitby Lighthouse, St Mary’s Church, St Hilda’s Church.
Khyber Pass Whitby George Hudson, also known as “The Railway King”, was instrumental in bringing the rail link to Whitby. He had the road now called the “Khyber Pass”, named from a pass in the Afghan campaigns, built into the cliff to provide access to his West cliff estates which he had acquired in mid […]
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 […]
About Bark Endeavour The Endeavour was originally a merchant collier launched in June 1764 from the coal and whaling port of Whitby in North Yorkshire. She was ship-rigged and sturdily built with a broad, flat bow, a square stern and a long box-like body with a deep hold. Her length was 32.3 metres with a […]
Abraham “Bram” Stoker 8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) Bram Stoker was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. Stoker was born on […]
Dracula One of the most popular stories ever told, Dracula has been re-created for the stage and screen hundreds of times in the last century. Yet it is essentially a Victorian saga, an awesome tale of thrillingly bloodthirsty vampire whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of a supremely moralistic age. Above all, Dracula is […]
Sneaton Castle Whitby On the outskirts of town to the west is the 19th-century Sneaton Castle built by James Wilson who sold his sugar plantation where he had over 200 slaves and moved to Whitby. Alongside it is St Hilda’s Priory, the mother house of the Order of the Holy Paraclete. The castle was used […]