The old town and the East Cliff
Sandgate on the east side of the town leads us through the older part of Whitby to the old Market Place. Here most of the shops are given over to the tourist industry and several Jet shops.
Jet is a mineraloid deriving from fossilized wood of the Monkey Puzzle tree which is only found in the Whitby area. This black coal like mineral has been fashioned into jewellery since Roman times and became fashionable when Queen Victoria wore it when she was in mourning
following the death of Prince Albert.
A Victorian jet workshop can be visited at the end of Church Street where a carver can be seen carving jet using modern tools.
Although the Market Place dates to 1640, the old Town Hall and Market, a Grade 11* listed building, was built in 1872.
The end of Sandgate leads to a pier and a small sandy beach, where the lifeboat can be seen close up.
There has been a lifeboat at Whitby since 1802.
Henry Freeman lifeboat cox 1877-1899
Church Street is a charming old street which runs across the top of the Market Place to a dead end and steps leading up the church. Here the old fishermen's cottages line both sides of the street, overlooking the river and also
climbing up the Cliffside.
Many alleyways lead to the river side and into yards often name after a family
where more cottages are situated.
One can only speculate !