Whitby Civic Society recognises exceptional restoration and renovation works through its Certificate of Excellene 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.

Please find the nomination form here. Please find the guidance here. 

Certificates of Excellence have been awarded to...

A Focus on Spittal Bridge: J3PSO Builders and E J Newton Building Services  

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.


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

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.

Albert's Eatery and Whtiby Jet Museum, for outstanding restoration work to the Wesley Hall, February 2020

whitby Jet Museum

This historic Whitby building on Church Street has been carefully and sympathetically restored and has been adapted to serve the people of Whitby and visitors. The highest quality materials and local skilled craftsmen have painstakingly produced a beautiful building holding a fantastic museum of jet and providing a venue for cultural events. It sets an excellent standard for the future of Church Street and for Whitby.

Alberts Eatery

Members of Whitby Civic Society and Mr Chris Sellors, Managing Director


Whitby in Bloom for the Alice Garden, Cliff Street, November 2019

Alice garden 

To recognise the vast improvement to the area and the contribution of the garden to the town's heritage.


Scarborough Borough Council, June 2018

For the outstanding quality of the replacement Edwardian shelters on the West Cliff. 

West Cliff shelterAwarded to Mr Joe Plant, the Mayor of Scarborough Borough Council for the construction of two new shelters on North Terrace on the West Cliff. The original Grade II Listed Edwardian shelters located there were destroyed in the storms of November 2015. Whitby Civic Society awarded the certificate in recognition of the work, funded by the council, to replace the severely damaged shelters by combining original salvaged features, such as the decorative brackets, cast iron rosettes and timber seating, with replacement components, where necessary, to replicate the originals. The shelters also include features that increase their resistance to damage from future severe weather and they have been secured to concrete plinths. The council was granted listed building consent to replace the original Edwardian structures and intentionally developed a design and build specification to replicate them as closely as possible. The high quality and painstaking construction work was carried out by local company, Rose Engineering. The shelters were completed and craned into place on West Cliff in 2017.


David James, secretary Whitby Civic Society, Nick Edwards, Director SBC, Joe Plant, Mayor of SBC, Joyce Stangoe Whitby Civic Society and Jamie Rose, Rose Engineering


R A Willison & Son, Wellington Road, June 2018 


For preserving the traditional apearance of the shop for so many years which enhances the character of the street.


The Cod Roe, Fishmongers, Baxtergate, June 2018

 Cod RoeCod Roe 2

For a well designed, contemporary shop front which enhances the character of the street.

 Cod Roe 3

Natasha Roe-Smith of Cod Roe Fishmongers and James Willison of R A Willison Fruit and Veg, Civic Day 16 June 2018 at the Brunswick Centre


Parkol Marine Engineering Ltd, June 2018

For an impressive refurbishment of the early Victorian gasworks

Gas Works

Victorian Gas Works, Church Street, courtesy of V Appleton


Sally Atkinson, Parkol Marine Engineering and John Field, Chair Whitby Civic Society, prior to Sally's lecture to the Society, 19 June 2018