Landslip threatens historic Whitby kipper smokehouse

Barry Brown, pictured some years ago, in his smokehouse

Barry Brown, pictured some years ago, in his smokehouse

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A 140-YEAR-old kipper smokehouse may have to close temporarily after a landslip overlooking an historic harbour shifted further overnight.

Land close to St Mary's Church in Whitby, North Yorkshire, dropped away a week ago, bringing earth and even human remains crashing down the hillside.

Last night, another piece of the hillside fell away with some debris hitting buildings belonging to Fortune's Kippers, on Henrietta Street.

Owner Barry Brown said his shop has been spared for now but part of his smokehouse had not been so lucky.

But Mr Brown thinks he may have to close his shop too next week to allow engineers to work on the problem.

"A lot more's come down now," he said.

"It's pretty bad."

The landslip is believed to have been caused by a damaged drainage pipe. This has left rainwater pouring out of the ancient graveyard and down the cliff.

It is directly below the church, which is a familiar sight on picture postcards as it sits next to Whitbys famous abbey, high above the harbour.

Thousands of tourists every year trek up the 199 steps which link the church and the abbey to the sea.

It is a separate landslip from one further along the east cliff in Whitby which left a terrace of five houses needing to be demolished.

Work is continuing to knock down the former jet workers cottages on Aelfreda Terrace after their patio gardens disappeared last month and they were condemned by engineers.

They are being dismantled brick-by-brick due to their precarious state.

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1:56pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Spy Boy says...

We always buy kippers from there when we go to Whitby. What a shame that the historic part of the town is under such a threat. Church Street is the oldest street in England and once ran aound the end of the cliffs. Erosion and landslips have destroyed the seaward end of the street and most of it fell into the sea. It looks like a major engineering project to save the cliffs and the church. The church is very close to the edge of the cliff. Many years ago there was a major slip there and coffins were spilling down the slope as the graves broke open. This must have been horrific for the people, especially when some of the bodies were those of plague victims. There were a lot of graves to the east of the path along the cliff top. The graveyard was the setting for the scene in Dracula when Lucy Westenra was first lured away by the count. It's where Mina Murray sees her laid back over a seat with some large dark creature bending over her.
We always buy kippers from there when we go to Whitby. What a shame that the historic part of the town is under such a threat. Church Street is the oldest street in England and once ran aound the end of the cliffs. Erosion and landslips have destroyed the seaward end of the street and most of it fell into the sea. It looks like a major engineering project to save the cliffs and the church. The church is very close to the edge of the cliff. Many years ago there was a major slip there and coffins were spilling down the slope as the graves broke open. This must have been horrific for the people, especially when some of the bodies were those of plague victims. There were a lot of graves to the east of the path along the cliff top. The graveyard was the setting for the scene in Dracula when Lucy Westenra was first lured away by the count. It's where Mina Murray sees her laid back over a seat with some large dark creature bending over her. Spy Boy
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5:57pm Sat 8 Dec 12

loonyleft says...

"large dark creature bent over her", how often do you holiday in whitby spyboy!!!
"large dark creature bent over her", how often do you holiday in whitby spyboy!!! loonyleft
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