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A Brief History of Whitby

The historic town of Whitby, currently a fishing port and popular tourist destination, has had a diverse and influential past. Situated on the North East coast of England, in the county of North Yorkshire, Whitby snugly straddles the mouth of the river Esk facing out into the inimitable North sea. An eclectic mix of picturesque fisherman's cottages, storied Georgian town houses, cobbled streets, nooks and snickets, Whitby has a lot to offer its visitors; whether they are lured by the town's rich history, unique beauty, tourist attractions and amusements Whitby can't fail to satisfy.
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

Whitby Jet

Whitby At Work - People and Industries Through the Years - a book by Paul Chrystal

Whitby History Tour - a book by Robin Cook

The Textile History of Whitby 1700-1914

Whitby as an Edwardian Seaside Resort

Whitby on film - A Fantastic, Free, Online Historical Whitby Film Archive

Medieval Whitby

Captain Cook


William Scoresby

Whitby Ships and Shipping History

HM Bark Endeavour

HMS Resolution

HMS Adventure

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

Judgement Clay by Ian Jarvis

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 Regatta

Whitby Folk Week

Whitby Goth Festivals

School Loo Roll!

Ingrid Flute Holiday Cottages
Whitby Gallery Photo
Whitby Abbey at Sunrise
Touch Whitby
Touch Whitby Photography Exhibition
Whitby in 1959
Whitby in 1959
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