Welcome to Whitby Civic Society

Whitby Harbour


Whitby is a seaside town and port in an enviable postion on the North Yorkshire coast. At the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has a rich and diverse heritage of maritime, minerals and tourism. The dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey at the top of the 199 steps, dominate the East Cliff. The Abbey was home to Cædmon, the earliest recognised English poet and the poignant ruins provided inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. It was from Whitby that Captain James Cook set sail on The Resolution and The Endeavour on his voyages of discovery. On the very edge of the North York Moors National Park, Whitby retains some of its ship building and fishing heritage, and is a wonderful place to live and work. It is a popular, all year round visitor destination.


Whitby Civic Society aims to:                                                                                                             

- Preserve, enhance and celebrate Whitby's rich heritage
- Promote high standards of planning and development  
- Protect and improve historic features in the town and those of public interest  


We welcome all new members who are interested in sharing these aims. You can find out more about joining Whitby Civic Society here.  

Our lecture programme as you know is currently suspended. We shall let you know as soon as we are able to resume our activities. Thank you for your continued support during these very challenging times. 


Alec Clifton-Taylor's views on Whitby History & Architecture


There was a really interesting BBC series where Alec Clifton-Taylor, an English Architectural Historian, discussed the History & architectural character of various English Towns. Here is the extremely interesting episode covering his visit to Whitby ....

Six English Towns 1984 Whitby 


On a lighter note - here is a copy of the 1985 Video of Simply Red walking around Whitby whilst singing their hit

'Holding Back the Years'

Charity Number 1055396


and Our new Certificate of Excellence goes to ........

Albert's Eatery & Museum of Jet at Wesley Hall, Church St


 The Certificate of Excellence was awarded to Chris Sellors, managing director of W Hamonds, by John Field, Chairman of Whitby Civic Society on Wednesday 26th February 2020. In attendance, there were several members of staff at Albert's Eatery, the Jet Museum and the Whitby Civic Society. 



Why not treat yourself to a copy of our newest publication : WHITBY CONSERVATION AREA

Priced at just £1 and is available for sale at all WCS events plus our Lectures at The Coliseum.








              Bram Stoker's Blue Plaque                           Storm Gate, West Pier                      Victoria Spa Well               Morte d'Arthur


            New West Cliff Shelter                                       The HMHS Rohilla Memorial Plaque                        Xmas Tree in St Mary's Church


Example of a Whitby Ghost Sign- Wesley Hall, Church St. (Now & Then)  


 Whitby In Bloom won a certificate of Excellence for their Alice Garden in November 2019


The Whitby Civic Society, Registered Charity Number 1055396, exists to instill civic pride in the town.

It looks at new planning to see that no damage is done to the character of the town. It educates people

in the history of the town and rewards people who have helped to enhance the character of the town via

the awarding of Blue Plaques and Certificates of Excellence.

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Contact Information

Chairman : Dr John Field
5 Borough Place
North Yorkshire
YO22 4BJ