199 Steps At Whitby



Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s Dracula by climbing the town’s 199 steps (tradition demands you should count them as you go).

Starting among a slew of idiosyncratic shops, the steps clamber up the cliffside, slowly revealing more and more of the red-roofed town. At the top you’ll find Whitby Abbey, as decorously ruined a place of worship as you could hope for, and the decidedly odd St Mary’s church with its triple-decker pulpit and bewildering maze of box pews.

Little wonder that Bram Stoker found so much gothic inspiration here.

 

2005 Restoration Of The 199 Steps

The Whitby Gazette teamed up with Whitby Parochial Church to offer readers the chance to sponsor each step for £1,000 back in March 2004. The work was carried out on the steps through 2005.

Anyone donating  £1,000 could name a step and become part of Whitby’s history.

Families, businesses and societies showed their support and all 199 were snapped up in just 14 weeks.

Did you sponsor one of the steps ? Have you got a story to tell ? Why did you sponsor a step ? What does Whitby mean to you ? Please use the comments section below to let us know your story as we would love to hear from as many people as possible.

Whitby 199 Steps Restoration List Of Sponsors

In 2005 The 199 Steps at Whitby were restored. Public Fundraising helped with the restoration. Below is a list of names of people and businesses who sponsored a step.

  1. North East Coop
  2. SPC UK
  3. William Wright And Family
  4. John Atkinson 1924-1971
  5. Duke Of York Public House
  6. Headlam And Sons SS Ltd
  7. William Headlam 1908 – 1988
  8. Marjory And Dick Hunter
  9. Andrew And Marion Walker
  10. The Sutcliffe Gallery
  11. Phyl And Lol Inman
  12. Rachel And William Tyreman
  13. Whitby Goth Weekend
  14. Nell The Sheepdog
  15. Burdon And Smith Family
  16. Len And Helen Butters
  17. The Evans Family
  18. Galleway
  19. The Smailes Family
  20. MA Mike Richardson
  21. John And Mavis Mawdsley NeeLaws
  22. Our Second Home
  23. Buchannon And White
  24. Richard, Helena And Juliet
  25. Paul And Christine Bacon
  26. Eric And Doris Thompson And Family
  27. Brendan And Dillon Skillbeck
  28. Ted Smith And Family Love Lane
  29. Gabriel Wilson
  30. Our Son Keith
  31. Tony Norman 1931 – 2001
  32. Keith Scanlon
  33. Derek And Dorothy Steele
  34. Whitby Art Society
  35. Elizabeth Bothams And Son
  36. Reginald And Emily Shaw
  37. Joyce And Barry Turner
  38. Fusco Ltd
  39. Whitby Folk Week Community
  40. Happy 50th Gregor 2004
  41. W Watson ABS HMS Resolution
  42. Gill and John Harris Ashbourne
  43. Nellie And Albert Thomas
  44. Jaqueline And Anne Burnett
  45. Stephenson and Macey Families
  46. Henry And Annie Hawkins
  47. David Wright
  48. Alan And Cath Griffin
  49. The Davinson Sisters
  50. Benson Stage Academy 1953

Did you sponsor one of the steps ? Have you got a story to tell ? Why did you sponsor a step ? What does Whitby mean to you ? Please use the comments section below to let us know your story as we would love to hear from as many people as possible.

199 Steps At Whitby Gallery

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5 Responses to "199 Steps At Whitby"

  1. Alan  March 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I used to count the steps with my grandfather many years ago, i now do it with my own grand kids time has flown by

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  2. admin  March 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I do it with my kids, although theyre getting older now. A few years ago my daughter counted 235. No joke. And she was in top class at school.

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  3. Terri Groves  March 21, 2012 at 1:34 am

    some very nice photos there thank you. So nice to see the town shown in such a wonderful way.

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  4. Terri Groves  March 21, 2012 at 2:00 am

    this is the second time ive tried saying this but it doesnt seem to post but these are some very lovely pictures.

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  5. Colin Winspear  March 22, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Someone a few years ago thought it would be a good idea to raise money for a charity, by putting a penny on each step. Till someone else pointed out the total collected would only be £1.99..

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