• LOCATION 28 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    Times Square

    Welcome to Times Square - the centre of the world!

    Not quite, I know but this is perhaps Whitby's true centre. Let's stop here for a moment.

    In this area the roads of Baxtergate, Flowergate and Haggersgate meet. The 'gate' here is again a Viking word that simply means 'street'.

    The Baxter is a family name, Flower suggests a Roman influence, a flore being a lane, and Haggersgate comes from the word Hagg, which is simply a rough piece of land.

    Over the road you'll see large ammonite fossils cast in stone. The exact genus of this ammonite is the Hildaceras named in honour of St Hilda. I've got a great story to tell you about that.

    The platform down to your right is Kiddies Corner - a place where children were and still are encouraged to fish or go crabbing.

    Let's continue.

    You're leaving the west side now and heading over the swing bridge. I'd recommend keeping to the right-hand side of the road.

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