Whitby...how it all began!
Published: Tuesday 11th Feb 2014
Written by: Ben Abbott
How it all began.
There is no doubt that the arrival of the replica of Captain Cook’s, 'Endeavour' into Whitby Harbour in 1997 was a significant moment for the town’s tourism industry. The crowds that lined the riverside went home and told friends and relatives what a wonderful place Whitby was, and since then tens of thousands of visitors have come every year to enjoy all on offer.
Some would say that George Hudson’s involvement in a railway link to Whitby in the middle of the 19th century had a similar effect on Whitby’s tourism. Before the link, horse and carriage was the main means of transport, not ideal for fresh Whitby fish going to York! Now visitors, and especially the working classes, could afford to have their holiday at the seaside.
Evidence of George’s influence in the town can be seen in Hudson Street, Hudson’s View and there once was a restaurant called 'Hudson’s' on Khyber Pass. Apart from the railway link, Hudson was heavily involved in the development of Royal Crescent, having already built the Royal Hotel and East Crescent. The plan was to produce a terrace of houses similar to the magnificent row in Bath. Unfortunately, Hudson was a man who had loans and many creditors, and the Royal Crescent development was never completed, as can still be seen today. George was eventually arrested and taken to debtor’s prison in York for three months.
George Hudson was a mighty man, with a mighty reputation who had a love for Whitby which greatly benefitted from, 'his endeavour!'