Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
July 3, 2002
Whitby has a considerable history; in particular:
It has the ruins of an ancient Saxon abbey, St Hilda's, near which there have been considerable discoveries of graves from the Saxon period.
Caedmon, the Saxon poet, lived here.
The Synod of Whitby fixed the complex method which has always been used in Western churches to fix the date of Easter.
The 'crow's nest' on sailing vessels was invented here.
Captain Cooke, famed for his explorations in Australasia, lived for a time in Whitby.
Not only the abbey ruins but the parish church as well are up above the town and the latter is connected with the town streets by 199 steps! At its foot are narrow winding alleys down to the sea and the harbour is the only natural shelter for many miles on the English coastline.
Robin Hood's bay is about 5 miles [8 km] South of Whitby in a splendid broad cove. It is a tiny place but immensely picturesque, of a type more often associated with Cornwall. Yorkshire has long contested with Nottinghamshire as being the homeland of Robin Hood but as far as I know the name is the only reminder of the outlaw in this area. In 1536 the village was recorded as a 'townlet' in real history. It is a really antique type place of curving alleys and contains good provisions for the relief of hunger and thirst.
From journal Whitby and the North York Moors.