Rocks with a View
Tate Hill Pier is one of the most important structures in the development of Whitby as a port, You are looking at something that’s potentially older than Whitby Abbey.
The pier marked the first entrance to Whitby harbour and a loose structure of stones, bound together by a wooden frame, is first mentioned in 1190. However, with seafarers using the port for hundreds of years prior to this, the original pier is potentially much older.
Saxons and Vikings came to Whitby, they would have to have had some sort of defence from the sea, they were using that part of the port to protect the boats
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