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Dock End

The Upper Harbour c1955, Whitby
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In the above picture, the two cobles in the background are Jean (right) and Valerie (the smaller one), and the one with a man on the foredeck is Enterprise WY.47 my Dad's coble, and that is Dad painting the foredeck. Enterprise was built as a open coble in Amble, Northumberland in 1947 and Dad had her half decked in Whitby by Will Clarkson who was a well known boat builder and whose yard was further up the river. The coble in the foreground next to Shippeys speedboat is Tom Pearts, Little Lady. I was eleven years old at this time. The Dock End is now only half the size and the jetty is now on the left hand side, as per this view.

Aunty Polly And Aunty Jinny's Shop

Baxtergate 1923, Whitby
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The shop on the left belonged to my Great Aunts Jinny (Jane) and Polly (Mary) Hoggarth. It is No 53 Baxtergate, Whitby and on another photo we have seen looking from Wellington Road over the top of the shop it says Newsagents, but no actual name. They previously ran a shop at 16 Bridge Street. They sold sweets, chocolates, newspapers etc. My mother, Doris Thompson (born 1922) and her sister Kathleen Hoggarth (born 1919)loved going to the shop and being allowed to choose something. They both remembered the being upstairs watching all the happenings in Baxtergate and Wellington Road. Jinny and Polly were the sisters of my mother's mother Amelia Lyth (nee Hoggarth). There were 10 children in their family and they were raised in small accommodation in what is now the entrance to the Friendship Club. Their father was the Caretaker of Cholmey School and he received no payment, but was allowed to live there with his family.
As a family we think it is dreadful... Read more

Penzance Promenade

The Peart Children 1891, Whitby
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I have such happy memories of my early years when as a schoolboy I along with many of my friends walked up and down the Promenade at Penzance of a Sunday evening in pursuit of girls. Even in the blackout during the Second World War we still put in an appearance. At the time I was a choirboy at St John's Church, Penzance and attended both morning and evening services.

During the summer months a Sunday afternoon pastime was to listen to the town band play in the Morrab Gardens where once again our main purpose was to meet up with local girls!

I am delighted to have found this site and have enjoyed reading the memories of others.

Power Boats

The Upper Harbour c1955, Whitby
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The wooden clinker built boat, painted white in the lower right of the picture, was one of a pair of fast boats that the late Arthur Shippey and Tom Louis ran from coffee house end steps. They would call loudly ""half hour trips round the bay now"" -- ""come on down"".  Tourists were happy to pay 1/6d for the pleasure of getting soaked to the skin.

As a small boy living close to the harbour in Baxtergate, I was well known to Arthur (who lived next door) Tom liked a drink in our pub, so I was always allowed to take a free ride when things were quiet.  I can tell you that this was a huge thrill.

I often wonder what became the fate of the power boats.

The Swing Bridge.

The Bridge 1913, Whitby
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This is a swing bridge - it swings horizontally. It actually swings out in two halves to rest over the pointed timber structures that can be seen in the river. These timber structures are known locally as 'dolphins' and are sometimes used when maintenance of the bridge arms is required. The large building on the far side of the river at the end of the bridge to the right is the Dolphin Hotel. Presumably it takes its name from the bridge dolphins.

The Pearts

Robert And Jane Peart 1891, Whitby
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The little girl is my grandmother Jane Peart born 18 September 1884. Her nickname was Ginny. Her daughter, my late Auntie was called Jennie.
Beside her is my great uncle, Robert Leadley Peart who drowned at St Petersburg on 19 July 1908 aged 20 years.

The Peart Family.

The Peart Children 1891, Whitby
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This is the Peart family. Amelia the eldest aged 17 holds her baby brother George. Next to her on the rock is Robert Leadley Peart and at her side is Robert's twin Matthew. Next to Matthew is Jane (known as Ginny) and then Tom.
Ginny was born 18th September 1884 and was six years old in this photograph.
Robert (on the rock) was drowned aged 20 on 19th July 1908 after being swept overboard at St Petersburg.
George was also drowned in the sinking of HMS Hogue on 22nd September 1914. He was 23.
There were also two other brothers not shown in the photo - David who died aged 53 years on 11th July 1925 and William who died aged 39 years on 7th June 1918.
Their mother and father were Jane (nee Leadley) and David Peart who lived on the Tate Hill.
Ginny married Ernest Swales a ships carpenter in 1909 aged 25 years. They lived in the warehouses under Ginny's parents pub the Duke of... Read more

The Peart Twins.

'Gemini' 1891, Whitby
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The children are twin boys. Matthew Peart on the left and Robert Peart on the right. Robert was drowned at the age of twenty when he was swept overboard near St Petersburg on 19 July 1908.

Ellisons Yard Baxtergate Whitby

I have been looking for Ellisons Yard in Baxtergate, the birth place of my grandmother, Mary Jane Boyes. I have been left Whitby for some 45 years now and have started to do my family tree. Gran was born in 1889 along with several other siblings. Her father's name was William Wright Boyes born 1861 and mother's name was Alice Boyes, nee Harland, born 1864. There are lots of Yards along Baxtergate, possibly, 12 to 15. About a quarter have no yard names and I can only assume that it is one of those. I would be very grateful for any help on locating the said Yard.

Trenchers Restaurant

On Saturday evening, I set off for Whitby on the bus and arrived there for 6;30 pm. On arriving, I thought of asking the bus driver what was the last bus back to Middlsbro, but then thought there was not much point as I was only going to spend two hours there anyway. I walked down the quay side and spotted a restaurant fully lit up, and almost full to the brim of customers all enjoying their food. Feeling hungry I went into the place and was welcomed by a waiter who pointed out a few places of where I might sit. I said "anywhere, so long as it was away from the draught of the door", it was then that he escorted me to a table where it was not only out of the draught but also quite warm. I had a regular cod and four slices of bread and butter, and a pot of tea. I've been in many a restaurant where the quality of food was... Read more

A Whitby Childhood

Around 1956-64 I used to spend a lot of time in Whitby with my nanny Sally Dobbs who was a Whitby resident all her life. Her brother ran the museum where I have fond memories of rocking in a little wooden cradle which was on display there. He also worked on the lifeboats. He lived in a terrace leading up to the abbey steps. Sally and I lived in a little cottage right behind Drydens fish & chip shop. Old Mr Dryden used to fry the fish that we'd get when the boats came in - always plaice for me. There was a long run of very steep stone stairs behind the cottage that went up to Baxtergate where I'd always hope for a treat of pink sugar coated shortbread from the bakery. My days would be spent searching for jet and collecting driftwood to dry for the fire and sandstoning the front step. Another strong memory is of waiting in the hairdressers (Madge) for Sally to get her hair... Read more

John Braithwaite Tailor

My great-grandfather had a tailoring business in the mid 1800s. I am trying to find out more details of where the family originated from. I found out that in an 1890 directory of Whitby there was a Tom Braithwaite, tailor, in Church Street or Grape Lane. Maybe a relative?

Whitby Harbour And Captain Cook's Museum

I remember going to Captain Cooks Museum that year. I don't quite remember the walk up the hill. We went through the quaint little museum. Its at that point, I guess when my father and mother lingered to see more of the museum, and me and my siblings wandered out and back down to our camper.
I remember going down the hill, and it was quite a twisty path, and buying a bag of cockles from a vendor. My parents asked me what I was eating and to their suprise it was snails. My mother was horrified. My dad just laughed. I was hungry, I would have eaten anything. I remember that day with fond memories.

Memories of North Yorkshire

Featured Buildings.

The Bridge c1881, Ruswarp
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The large building on the left edge of the photograph is Ruswarp Mill. A mill has been here since Saxon times and the first written record of this mill appears in the Domesday book.
The name Ruswarp may have originated from the mill. The mill was water powered and the river would have been dammed to make a mill race. Dams in this area are known as 'scarps' and if the dam was made of wood, the brushwood was called 'rise'. Hence 'Risescarp' - brushwood dam.
Alternatively, it may have arisen from the use of brushwood to divert fish in to fish traps known as 'salmon hecks'. The old local term 'warp' describes a bank of mud deposited by a river as the flow slows down after coming down from the high moors. Some of these mudbanks sprout vegetation - brushwood from seed and twigs carried down by the river. Hence 'Risewarp'.
The present mill building shown in this... Read more

Were You There?

I was on ths caravan site from 1964 to 1978, my parents Billy and Audrey Bilclough had site number 45. There was me and me sister (Suzanne). What a place to have your childhood, is there anyone out there who was there at the same time? I have been back but the clubhouse isn't as good as it looked when our parents were in and we were looking in from outside the big bay window ... So where's all the old gang at? - Ian Forbes, Stuart Forbes, Graham Forbes, Tony Riggs, John Riggs, the little blond brother, John Mulner, Alan Mulner, Andrew Farrar, Dianne, Jane, Sue, Chris.

Never Shall You Forget

Not a week goes by when I do not think about Whitby, the lure of Saltwick Bay is like a magnet. The moment you drive down the narrow lane that leads to the cliff tops and the club house, you start to feel a sense of urgency. A feeling like you have just come home and all your family will be there waiting for you. As you climb down the path down to the beach memories start flooding back. Finding fossils, walking on to the wreck of a ship when the tide has gone out. Just wish my grandparents were still around today, and maybe we could all come back as a complete family, brings tears to my eyes.


Where's the bridge SD Esq?

Happy Thoughts of Bay

Looking South c1960, Robin Hoods Bay
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I believe I am the girl sitting on the grass looking towards the sea in this photograph. My name then was Susan Groves and my dad was a fisherman. We owned a shop down the bank called The Shell Shop where dad sold many things including crabs and lobsters. He made me a boat which I used to row him out to his cobble to empty his crab pots or collect urchins. I loved Bay as a child and have many happy memories. It is truly a wonderful place and even though I left age fourteen I still return as often as possible and think of it as home.

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