“Whitby from Larpool”
This view of Whitby town and harbour with the River Esk is one much loved by artists and photographers. Frank Sutcliffe did not, in general, take such hackneyed views.
Nevertheless, there is much of interest in this photograph. St. Mary’s Parish Church and the ruins of St. Hilda’s Abbey are on the horizon towards the right. The group of buildings (since demolished) on the right bank of the river in the mid-distance was a Prussian Blue dye works.
On the left bank is the Whitby-Pickering railway line and above it, along the hillside, the line joining Whitby Town and West Cliff stations. The well sheltered moorings for smaller boats on this stretch of the Esk were particularly valuable during very rough weather and when work was being carried out on the craft.