Whitby, The Viaduct 1884

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Caption for Whitby, The Viaduct 1884: The viaduct was originally erected for the Scarborough and Whitby Railway. The first brick was laid in 1882 and the first locomotive crossed the thirteen-arched viaduct in 1884. Trains from Scarborough crossed the viaduct, stopped at West Cliff and then reversed steeply down beneath the viaduct into Whitby.

An extract from Yorkshire Coastal Memories.

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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 (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

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) (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Whitby, The Viaduct 1884: The viaduct was originally erected for the Scarborough and Whitby Railway. The first brick was laid in 1882 and the first locomotive crossed the thirteen-arched viaduct in 1884. Trains from Scarborough crossed the viaduct, stopped at West Cliff and then reversed steeply down beneath the viaduct into Whitby.

An extract from Yorkshire Coastal Memories.

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