Whitby Civic Society Who are we ?

President Mr M Dawson
Vice President Mr B Atkinson
Chairman-Dr John Field
vice Chair Mrs B Bayliss
Secretary Mr D. James
Treasurer Ms L Thompson

Whitby Civic Society Blue Plaques ?

President Mr M Dawson
Vice President Mr B Atkinson
Chairman-Mr G Dawson
vice Chair Mrs B Bayliss
Secretary Mr D. James
Treasurer Ms L Thompson

East Side Plaques

White Horse and Griffin
This was the first coaching Inn and Charles Dickens stayed here.
Medieval Merchant's House
Timbers have dated this building to the 14th century.This would have been one of the better shops in medieval times.

Other notable buildings on East Side
Ruined Abbey with associated Interpretation Centre
Youth Hostel (Former Manor House)
12th c. church (Inside 17th, 18thc reformation style)
New market Town Hall (court Leet of Manor) also timber buildings in New Market and beyond Merchant House..
Captain Cook Museum, Grape Lane (Where he lived in attic as an apprentice)
Former Quaker Meeting House next to Merchant House
Former Primitive Methodist Chapel (opposite side of road)
Both now restaurants

West Side

Just beyond bridge Plaque(not Civic Society) to Whitby ships which brought prisoners to Australia.
Angel Hotel- Arthur Machen, Welsh Gothic writer
Railway Station Hotel,also called the George Hotel with a plaque to Phil May , the Cartoonist, on the rear side.
Railway Station

Whitby's Railway Station, built by George T Andrews, a prominent builder of railway and church buildings. The station is built on the site of old shipyards. Whitby was one of the pioneers in railway building with its first railway planned by George Stevenson but due to the difficulty that early engines had with severe gradients it had to be powered by a horse with a machine house at Goathland to pull the railway carriage and horse up the slope. To take steam trains a deviation was necessary but, shortly after the deviation was made, a steam engine made for a railway in South America was tried out there and succeeded in using the old line . The Stevenson family kept their interest in Whitby and his son became MP for Whitby. George Hudson, the Railway King who brought steam to Whitby also fell in love with Whitby and started to make Whitby into a fashionable seaside resort.Unfortunately his business affairs got into difficulties and Whitby building had to end abruptly and the result can be seen in Royal Crescent where just over half the Crescent was built.