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Whitby is a beautiful coastal village on Yorkshires East Coast filled with junk shops, gothic splendour and a trade in oddities. From the ruins of Whitby Abbey which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula to cafes named after Lewis Carroll’s wonderland poem The Walrus & Carpenter to the waterfront bar named after Somerset Maugham’s Moon & Sixpence, Whitby has a decidedly literary & nostalgic feel. It hosts an annual Gothic weekend, boasts a boutique guesthouse with literary themed rooms and contains a plethora of vintage junk shops. This is the town responsible for us arriving in Yorkshire with one overnight bag and going back on a packed Edinburgh festival train with three. Here is my final photo diary, decidedly less pastel-y, of what the mice saw on their field-trip, starting with what we bought:
Vintage Finds from Whitby:
I adore Toy Soldiers, just enchanting, my first junk shop find in Whitby for £8. . Our Favourite Purchase - a device for measuring the speed of flight! . Vintage Concertina Travel camera - bought for £12. . Magnificent Ship Lighter £6 to compliment the Sobranie Cocktail Cigarettes my father-in-law bought me on our trip. . Fantastic Packaging - Bolivar Cigars, I love this so much that upon my return home I hunted down an empty box on eBay £2.
The Sights of Whitby – both picturesque & macabre:
Waterfront Houses . The dead sloping towards the sea. . . Bram Stokers Muse - The Abbey - a brooding gothic paradise. , The Abbey Emerging from behind the graves at Whitby Church. . Port & Lighthouses. . Whitby looking out to sea.