In its youth Whitby played a central role in the creation and power structure of the early Church in the Middle Ages and has since grown and been shaped by advances in mining, shipping and commerce. Its unique rugged beauty where the cliffs meet the North sea and the quaint atmosphere found along the cobbled and eclectic streets has ensured Whitby's ability to inspire artists and authors, past and present alike and earnt the town a special place in the hearts of both residents and visitors.
Given here is a snap shot synopsis of Whitby's historical time line and places and events of interest and note. Click on the links to see more detailed information for specific points.
We are working on these pages all the time, so please keep coming back to see new information and pictures.
Prehistoric Whitby - Prehistoric Treasures
The Textile History of Whitby 1700-1914
Whitby Ships and Shipping History
HMS Bark Endeavour
Rescues And Disasters At Sea
Whitby's Literary and Artistic Heritage
Bram Stoker (1847-1912)
Room 13 by Robert Swindells
Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis
Dangerous Waves by Amanda Taylor
Caedmon's Song by Peter Robinson
Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps by Michel Faber
Whitby Myth and Folklore: Giant Wade
Whitby Myth and Folklore: Hob
Whitby Myth and Folklore: Barguest
Whitby Myth and Folklore: The Penny Hedge
Whitby Myth and Folklore: Phantom Coach
Whitby Folk Week
Whitby Goth Festivals
School Loo Roll!