• LOCATION 13 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    Chubb Hill

    Chubb Hill on Whitby audio tour Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    You're now heading down Chubb Hill.

    I told you the Museum has lots of interesting exhibitions, but also make sure you take a look in the Weatherill Gallery whilst you're here in Whitby. It's free to enter.

    George Weatherill has become known as 'the Turner of the North', such were his talents as a watercolourist. Like Sutcliffe, all of Weatherill's work captures Whitby and the immediate area.

    All four of Weatherill's children were artists and the gallery houses a number of works by some of them. The most impressive being a large oil on canvas produced by Weatherill's son Richard.

    Half way down Chubb Hill you'll see the floral clock to your left.

    The original clock was installed to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. The original mechanism to keep the clock running gave up in 1979, but was eventually replaced in 2006. This meant the floral decorations around the clock could be redesigned in 2012 to celebrate Her Majesty's diamond jubilee.

    The pathway adjacent to the clock has a Whitby timeline going back 185 million years. This was when monkey puzzle trees grew in the forests in these parts. Why we remember these today is because they became fossilised and are today known as Whitby jet. Later in the tour you'll be able to see Whitby jet being sold in a wide range of jewellery.

    What better gift to take home for your friends and family than a piece of jewellery 185 million years in the making?

    You can find jet around the world but Whitby's jet is unique given its particular hardness and density. When polished, Whitby jet will give a mirror-like reflection.

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