Right, Jet rock is a lias shale, dark blue to black in colour, dense in texture, smelling strongly of oil when freshly broken. Its position in the geological strata of the coast is below the bituminous and alum shales of the has rock, the lias consisting of the solidified mud of an ancient sea which once existed over what is now Cleveland. The hardest and best variety of Jet is found only in the lower bed of the Upper Lias while the softer variety is found in the upper part of Upper Lias as well as in the shale above it but this will not stand atmospheric conditions like the harder jet. The latter has a conchoidal fracture and is highly electric under friction. So there, and definitely not a lot of people know that!!!. And my wife, who went up to Whitby with her mate, says all the jewelry shops are full of the stuff so it's big business!
In the TV programme Bernard Scripps was both garage proprietor and undertaker and in my opinion one of the best characters in the series. I'd love to know if he sounds so doleful in real life!!!
The original Borghese statue was uncovered during excavations in Italy sometime before 1611 and was signed by the sculptor Agasias of Ephesus dated about 100 BC but was probably based on a much earlier Greek original. Soon after it entered the collection of the Pope's powerful aide Cardinal Borghese acquiring its modern name The Borghese Gladiator. Today it stands in the Louvre in Paris. A copy of the original came to stand on Whitby headland thanks to the nobleman Sir Hugh Cholmley II who had his own cast made to follow the trend of his peers at the time. It had gained iconic status with both Charles Ist and James Ist buying moulds of the statue which began to appear in classical gardens including Castle Howard and not to be outdone Sir Hugh paid for his own figure to be made. Although historians and archaeologists have pieced together the evidence for the Whitby gladiator they have failed to solve one mystery, what became of the Cholmley's original statue. This cast has been recreated using the same technique employed to create King Charles' 17th century Borghese figure and it was unveiled in 2009.
This is a cathedral in York and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office in the Church of England
Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine Abbey overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff overlooking Whitby. It was established in 657AD and disestablished in 1538 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the auspices of Henry VIII. It is a Grade 1 listed building under the care of English Heritage.
This is an Anglican parish church serving the town of Whitby. It was founded around AD 1110 although the interior dates chiefly from the late 1700s. It was designated a Grade 1 listed building in 1954. It is situated on the East cliff overlooking the mouth of the River Esk.
See previous pics re this station.
See previous pic.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a heritage railway first opened in 1836 as the Whitby & Pickering Railway. The NYMR carries more passengers than any other heritage railway in the UK and may be the busiest steam heritage line in the world. The 18-mile (29km)railway is the second-longest standard gauge heritage line in the UK and runs across the North York Moors from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale, Goathland and terminating at Grosmont. Some heritage rail operations continue along Network Rail tracks to Whitby as did this one on this day!
More "Heartbeat" stuff!