Photographer's Note

Photo taken seaward while standing on the internal harbour breakwall. I spotted some kids running backward and forth across the beach. I positioned myself ready for them to come back to the waters edge so that I could capture an element of their play but include the harbour and a few buildings as the backdrop.


Whitby is a seaside town, port and civil parish in the Borough of Scarborough and English county of North Yorkshire. Situated on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has a combined maritime, mineral and tourist heritage, and is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey. The fishing port emerged during the Middle Ages and developed important herring and whaling fleets and was where Captain Cook learned seamanship.
The earliest recorded Old English name for the settlement was Streonshal in AD 656. Streonshal, was the place where Oswy, the Christian king of Northumbria, founded the first abbey, under the abbess, Hilda. The Synod of Whitby was held there in 664. In 867, the monastery was destroyed by Viking raiders, and was re-founded in 1078. It was in this period that the town gained its current name, Whitby, (from "white settlement" in Old Norse).
The town has a strong literary tradition and can even be said that the earliest English literature comes from Whitby as Cædmon, the first known Anglo Saxon poetwas a monk at the order that used Whitby Abbey during the abbacy of St. Hilda (657–680.
Part of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula was set in Whitby, incorporating pieces of local folklore. Stoker discovered the name "Dracula" at the old public library.

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