Focus on Whitby Records – Part 4

Maps and Plans

The County Record Office holds thousands of historic maps and plans covering North Yorkshire dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries. These holdings include substantial collections of parish tithe maps, enclosure maps and historic Ordnance Survey maps. Maps can also be found in estate archives, local authority archives, parish collections and attached to sales particulars. Our online catalogue can be used to identify maps and plans in our custody. Copies of many of the historic maps we hold can be purchased through our online shop.

Plan of the defences of Whitby by Francis Gibson, 1794
M 85 Plan of the defences of Whitby by Francis Gibson, 1794

This plan of the town of Whitby was made in 1794 showing gun emplacements both sides of the harbour and on the West Pier. This plan was made when Great Britain was at war with France.

 Plan of Whitby by John Wood, 1828
ZW(M) 1/91 Plan of Whitby by John Wood, 1828

This map names the owners of larger properties in the town and also gives the names of some of the yards off Church Street.

Ruswarp tithe map, 1844
T/RUS Ruswarp tithe map, 1844

Tithe maps were made in the 1830s and 1840s as part of a nationwide survey of tithe payments. The Record Office holds these for several hundred townships (civil parishes) including Ruswarp, which covers part of present-day Whitby. In most cases the Record Office holds an apportionment, which names owners and occupiers of individual properties.

Plan of Whitby Harbour by Francis Pickernell, 1838
DC/WHU Plan of Whitby Harbour by Francis Pickernell, 1838

This plan of Whitby Harbour from 1828 is found amongst the records of the Harbour Trustees and forms part of the archives of Whitby Urban District Council who took over responsibility for the Harbour in 1905.

Plan showing Whitby to Pickering Railway, 1832
QDP(M) 19 Whitby to Pickering Railway, 1832

The Record Office hold a large collection of plans of railway lines and railway buildings. One of the earliest railway plans we hold is that of the Whitby to Pickering Railway, surveyed by George Stephenson in 1832.

Plan of Freehold Building Land at Ravenscar, Yorkshire to be sold by auction on 1st September 1902
ZWY Ravenscar Sales, 1902

The County Record Office holds the archives of the Ravenscar Estate, which charts the failed attempt to establish a resort at Ravenscar. Though elaborate plans were drawn up and streets laid out, only a handful of properties were actually built.

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