What’s happening in Whitby
Whitby is a seaside town, port and civil parish in the English county of North Yorkshire. It is located within the historic boundaries of the North Riding of Yorkshire. Situated on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has an established maritime, mineral and tourist heritage. One of the most visited seaside resorts in England it’s a great place to enjoy the latest and best e-liquids, equipment and clothing from the Medusa Juice Vape Shops.
History and fun
With Blue Flag beaches and many attractions, including the world-famous steam North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Whitby is the perfect base for a family holiday. But it doesn’t end there. Whitby is steeped in history, including fishing, the jet industry, Captain Cook (who was born nearby, and whose famous ship the Endeavour was Whitby-built) and whaling. Also famous for its literary connections, Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula features the town, with the vampire first coming ashore here from Transylvania in the guise of a black dog. Which is said to have inspired the world famous Goth Festival, which now takes place twice a year, in the spring and around Halloween.
Situated on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has an established maritime, mineral and tourist heritage. Its East Cliff is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey, where Cædmon, the earliest recognised English poet, lived. The fishing port developed during the Middle Ages, supporting important herring and whaling fleets,and was where Captain Cook learned seamanship.
The earliest record that we know of a permanent settlement is in 656. Then known as Streanæshealh, it 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. Another monastery was founded in 1078. It was in this period that the town gained its current name, Whitby (from “white settlement” in Old Norse). In the following centuries Whitby functioned as a fishing settlement until, in the 18th century, it developed as a port and centre for shipbuilding and whaling, the trade in locally mined alum, and the manufacture of Whitby jet jewellery.
While Whitby’s cultural and historical heritage contribute to the local economy, the town does suffer from the economic constraints of its remote location, ongoing changes in the fishing industry, relatively underdeveloped transport infrastructure, and limitations on available land and property. As a result, tourism and some forms of fishing remain the mainstay of its economy. It is the closest port to a proposed wind farm development in the North Sea.
However, you need not be concerned with any of that, because you can have a great time while there and enjoy your Medusa Juice vapes without fear of any of these factors ruining the sheer joy of the best e-liquids, equipment and clothing available in the United Kingdom.
More about Whitby
A monastery was founded at Streanæshealh in AD 657 by King Oswiu or Oswy of Northumbria, as an act of thanksgiving, after defeating Penda, the pagan king of Mercia. At its foundation, the abbey was an Anglo-Saxon ‘double monastery’ for men and women. Its first abbess, the royal princess Hild, was later venerated as a saint. The abbey became a centre of learning and here Cædmon the cowherd was “miraculously” transformed into an inspired poet whose poetry is an example of Anglo-Saxon literature. The abbey became the leading royal nunnery of the kingdom of Deira, and the burial-place of its royal family. The Synod of Whitby, in 664, established the Roman date of Easter in Northumbria at the expense of the Celtic one.
The monastery was later destroyed between 867 and 870 in a series of raids by Vikings from Denmark under their leaders Ingwar and Ubba. Its site remained desolate for more than 200 years until after the Norman Conquest of 1066. After the Conquest, the area was granted to William de Percy who, in 1078 donated land to found a Benedictine monastery dedicated to St Peter and St Hilda.
In 1540, the town had between twenty and thirty houses and a population of about two hundred. The burgesses, who had little independence under the abbey, tried to obtain self-government after the dissolution of the monasteries. The king ordered Letters Patent to be drawn up granting their requests, but it was not implemented. In 1550 the Liberty of Whitby Strand, except for Hackness, was granted to the Earl of Warwick who in 1551.
Whitby is more than just a town with a rich and diverse history. It’s a place for people from all over the world to come stroll along the sea and enjoy the carnival like atmosphere any day of the week, all year long. From arcades to boat tours and fantastic sweet shops and jewellers selling the coveted ‘jet’, you won’t lack for things to do and see. The Abbey alone is worth driving to Whitby, no matter where you’re from.
Whitby is a great place to enjoy theatre, boating, hiking, game playing, including mini golf and shopping. Fine dining is available as is a simple but excellent coffee or tea. It’s truly up to you what your holiday can be in this seaside town. The winding hills which surround Whitby make for a fantastic drive if that’s something you enjoy as well. You can also find some of the best tasting sweets on display in the town. I don’t know about you, but I find it very hard to resist the fine chocolates and caramels on nearly every corner. There’s some very nice little gift shops too if you want to pick up something to remember your time in Whitby or just pick up something for a friend or family member. Also, don’t forget that if you like Jet jewellery, you won’t find a better selection of it anywhere else in England.
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