• LOCATION 4 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    Hudson Street

    The church ahead of you is St Hilda's Church. St Hilda is very important here in Whitby.

    You're probably noticing that Whitby has a lot of churches. The main reason for this is because we are a seafaring town and particularly superstitious. We don't launch boats on Fridays and we never whistle on ships or boats.

    The properties around you are mostly guest houses and date from the nineteenth century. As the name Hudson Street suggests, this area of town was designed by George Hudson, the railway king who build the first railway between Newcastle and London.

    The development would have been almost double the size, across the west Cliff, but Hudson ran out of money part way through. This is why Whitby's Crescent Avenue is only half a crescent.

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