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down the coastline of Yorkshire.
protect Staithes like a hand cupped around a flame, bringing a
backwater stillness to the creek where brightly painted cobbles lie
at rest and, beyond the bridge, the greystone lifeboat station stands
at the head of its ramp. Between the jumble of tall houses and snug
cottages runs a web of alleys, some little more than 18 inches wide.
It was whilst
working at Staithes that Captain Cook first felt the urge to go to
sea. But it is with Whitby that he is most closely
village of red pantiled roofs built in to the steep cliffs, the
picturesque traffic free paths between the houses are abundant with
flowers, not only in the gardens, but in every nook and cranny were
there is soil to grow them. Runswick Bay whose inhabitants used to
rely of fishing for their livelihood, is now mostly populated by
from the Abbey
To further enhance
to all of the above we have Yorkshire's Premier coastline, glorious
beaches, rocky coves, towering cliffs and tiny fishing ports. Whitby,
one of the most picturesque ports in England is set in a ravine at
the mouth of the River Esk.
Whitby is a working
fishing port in which lobster pots and fishing boats abound, and all
kinds of sea food (cooked and raw) are sold near the
View towards the
courtesy of Don Burlaux
The settlement here
probably began as a Roman signal station, but it is certain that St
Hilda founded an Abbey in Whitby in 657.
The two lighthouses
at the harbour entrance date back to 1855 and 1835.
High above the the
harbour the ruined Abbey looks down upon the narrow alleys and quaint
streets, the busy quayside, with its harbourside houses and small
shops filled with crafts and antiques. The statue of Englands most
famous navigator Captain James Cook looks down on the port from where
he learned the skills that were to quickly herald his arrival in to
the Royal Navy, the rank of Captain, and to change the history of the
World. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, his former home in Grape
Lane, Whitby is furnished in the style of his times. when Whitby was
the seventh-largest port in England. Whitby has retained its
character and charm, and long may it be so, for it is the most
friendliest and interesting port in the United Kingdom.
reproduced by kind permission of Nate Kerl:
Captain James Cook
was born on the 27th October 1728 in a thatched cottage in Marton,
Middlesbrough, his mother Grace Pace, was born in the village of
Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees. Grace married James Cook, a day farm
labourer, on the 10th October 1725, James had come south from the
banks of the River Tweed in Roxburghshire, Scotland, following the
Jacobite rebellion of 1715.
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