“Market Place, Whitby”
Whitby Market Place, Church Street, in 1884 with the Old Town Hall in the background. In the 17th Century the Market was moved to its present site, seen here, from the bottom of Golden Lion Bank (a short steep bank at the top of which you will now find the Sutcliffe Gallery). This was due to increased traffic to the East side via a wooden drawbridge built by Sir Hugh Cholmley. He also built a tollbooth which was eventually replaced by the Old Town Hall. When this photograph was taken, rents for the market stalls were collected by ?John the Bellman’ on behalf of the Lord of the Manor and tenants paid from 1s. 6d. to 2s. 0d. per day.