Arriving at St Marys Church via Caedmon's Trod (an alternative route to the popular 199 steps) we spotted an information board 'Digging the Donkey Field'
The grassy field in front of us (we were informed) is properly known as Jacky Field and is one of the largest expanses of open ground in Whitby.
Well, it looked just like an ordinary field to us, albeit one affording a stunning view!
In August this year, an application for Village Green Status was accepted, meaning that this land is preserved as it is, with no danger of it being used for housing development etc.
This was a victory for the towns people, particularly thanks to an ex- councillor - Tom Brown
So, why such a fuss? well looking to the Abbey and church from across the river or harbour, you see that it stands unhindered in green fields, as it has done for centuries. Imagine seeing this view obstructed by housing etc.
Jacky Field "lies immediately to the west of the Anglo-Saxon and medieval monasteries".
So you would think that there is historical importance here too.
Yes, it has a Scheduled Ancient Monument status, but ......... this was ignored by various 'corporations and organisations', when bulldozers tore into the field, owned by the Strickland Constable Estate in November 2010
They were to lay down sewerage pipes for a nearby holiday home - this was underhandedly carried out without prior archaeological input or consent from the Secretary of State, nor indeed an archaeologist to oversee the work.
Some ancient structures were damaged/vandalised? by the machines. But the 'opening up' of this area revealed much of local historical interest from pre-historic to the Victorian era.
There were clues as to the lay out of the monastery, with evidence of the black smiths forge from slag and ‘hammer-scale’ found here- the sparks produced by the smith hammering iron.
This was an area later populated by small workshops for the jet industry.
See the website for more information about Jacky/ Donkey Field.
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In the old town there is a sign saying "Argument Yard" at an entrance to a back yard. I have no idea what the yard is all about but I loved the "funny picture opportunity"...
sunset from the cliff top
Climb up to the abbey, stand and watch don't forget to watch out for Dracula's ship coming in.
Romantic but a bit scary.
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On the coast, betwixt Whitby and Scarborough. Spooky little village where they still build Whicker Men.
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