Whitby Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Masonry Castle

There are uncertain remains

NameWhitby Castle
Alternative NamesLittle Angel Public House
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishWhitby

C19 front elevation of 2 storeys, rendered, concealing an earlier core which is said to incorporate C12 masonry from a castle. Front elevation has 2 windows, double-hung sashes with glazing bars. Modern public house door and windows. l-storey modern extension to Brunswick Street, masking older premises of C18 in brick with steep pantiled roof and modern asbestos tiles with one flat topped dormer. 3 windows, flush frames, double-hung sashes with glazing bars. Modern additions rendered. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

The location is in central Whitby, by church and controlling the crossing of the River Esk so a 'castle' of some form is a possibility; the form presumably being a small building used as a manorial centre or possibly a town hall. There appears to be some masonry which, to my untrained but experienced eye, looks in situ and medieval. However the lack of other authorities, any substantive documentary evidence and the tenurial history must make this a highly questionable castle site.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ897110
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  • Page, Wm (ed), 1923, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 2 p. 506-28 (tenurial history only) online transcription