Certificates of Excellence

Whitby Civic Society recognises exceptional restoration and renovation works through its Certificate of Excellence scheme. Nominations are invited from individuals, groups and business to highlight works in the built or natural environment that safeguard and enhance the heritage of Whitby, improve the street scene, and help to instil civic pride. The scheme will signpost good practice and inspire and encourage higher standards of work.


A Focus on Spital Bridge: J3PSO Builders and E J Newton Building Services 21 September 2020  

Mr Danny Jepson of J3PSO for the sympathetic redevelopment of the frontage of Hoggarth’s Yard on Church Street

Hoggarth’s Yard is on the site of an historical Whitby landmark, the Lemonade Factory. The development sought to retain the character and the spirit of the original building.

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Hoggarth's Yard, Church Street and the presentation to Mr Danny Jepson with John Field, Carolyn Curr and David Green of Whitby Civic Society. Photos courtesy of Chris Whitlam.

The new property comprises two dwelling houses with the front elevation retaining the proportions, fenestration and archway, reminiscent of the old factory. Natural dressed stone reclaimed from the rear elevation of the old building was used to form the arch of the façade with handmade red bricks for the upper floors and a delightful typically Whitby red clay pantile roof. Timber framed vertical sliding sash windows with stone heads again typical of Whitby have been incorporated.

Mr John Newton of E J Newton Building Services for restoration works of an excellent standard to an old stone wall by Dog Lane, Whitehall Landing, 21 September 2020

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Before and after careful restoration of the old stone wall, Dog Lane, courtesy of Janet Kukk

John and his team restored the wall with an eye for conservation, re-using original stone work where possible. Aislaby Quarry carved replacement coping stones and brick using the original as a template where the stonework was beyond repair and the new coping stones were rolled in the mud to age the appearance – not easy with the weight of the stones.

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 Mr John Newton with John Field, Carolyn Curr and Janet Kukk of Whitby Civic Society. Photo courtesy of Chris Whitlam.