- Bram Stoker, born in Dublin in the year 1847, had a very troubled childhood, riddled
with illness and suffering from a late development to speech.
went on to become a highly popular member of "Trinity College", where he was also a very
Captain James Cook
- James Cook and his wife Grace lived in a cottage in the village of Marton
in Cleveland, where he worked as a farm labourer. It was here on 27th October
1728, their second son, James Cook was born, destined to cross the oceans of the World
Captain William Scoresby
- William Scoresby (senior), was born on 3rd May 1760, in the village of
Cropton, twenty miles south west of Whitby, on a small farming estate called
Nutholm. His attendance at school was very spasmodic, due partly to the distance
from his home plus the adverse weather conditions encountered.
- The story of
Dracula is one of
the best selling books of all time throughout the world. The author,
writing Dracula a story of the undead is perhaps the best known tale of all horror
of horrors that has ever been published and read.
Frank Meadow Suttcliffe
- Francis Meadow Sutcliffes father Thomas Sutcliffe, was a member
of "The Institute of Painters in Water Colours", though he saw a great
future in photography and likely owned his first camera in Leeds.
Sir Hugh Cholmley
- Whitby is documented in an extraordinary
collection of papers written by Sir Hugh Cholmley between 1648 and his death in 1657.
An important figure in Yorkshire, Sir Hugh produced three so called "Memorials"
describing events in the Civil War, among them an account of his
defence of his defence of Scarborough Castle in 1645.
St Hilda of Whitby Abbey
- Hilde - Hild - Hilda, lived in the 7th century AD. It takes some mental effort
and imagination, as well as knowing something f the history, to get back to
those days and circumstances. The ruined Whitby Abbey as seen today, climbing
the 199 steps from Whitby harbour eastside, was built over 500 years after the death of Hild,
but the strength of her personality and character still pervades this place today.