• LOCATION 22 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    Baxtergate End

    You're going turn right ahead - between the wet-fish shop and Whitby Way pub. Just wait here for a moment though because there's a few things worth pointing out.

    The Whitby Way is a play on the local mentality: right way, wrong way, Whitby way.

    Also, look out for the Smugglers cafe ahead of you, right next to another Bothams tea room.

    The restaurant has been closed for many years but the building itself is Grade II listed and said to have existed since 1401.

    The building was at one time a pub and, as it says on the tin, popular with smugglers. Local rumour holds that there is a secret passageway linking the building to the harbour - ideal for moving contraband unseen.

    The suggestion is probably true - beneath Baxtergate here you are now are many cellars and certainly a tunnel beneath many properties on the street.

    Carry on now - onto Wellington Road - which used to be America Square. Some falsely claim that the former name came about because the street was funded by the California Goldrush. This can't be true however, as the name appears as early as 1817 and the goldrush was thirty years later.

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Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites