1) Many interesting fossils have been found in the Whitby area including entire skeletons of pterodactyls.
2) Whitby is known for its well preserved ammonite fossils, which can sometimes be found on the seashore, or purchased from any number of stalls or shops in town.
3) population approx 13,740
4) the name whitby comes from "whiteby", which means "the white settlement" in old norse.
5) Whitby was the site of the Rohilla disaster of 30 October 1914, when the hospital ship Rohilla was sunk (either by running aground, or hitting a mine; accounts differ) within sight of shore just off Whitby. Eighty-five people lost their lives in the disaster; most of them are buried in the churchyard at Whitby.
6) Whitby was shelled by German battlecruisers Von der Tann and Derfflinger, aiming for the signal post on the end of the headland. (also in 1914)
7) The modern Port of Whitby, strategically placed for shipping to Europe, with very good proximity to the Scandinavian countries, is capable of handling a wide range of cargoes, including grain, steel products, timber and potash. Vessels of up to 3,000 tonnes DWT are received on a routine basis at the Wharf, which has the capability of loading/unloading two ships simultaneously. 5,000 sq metres of dock space is currently (2004) allocated for storage of all-weather cargo and a further 1,600 sq metres of warehouse space is reserved for weather-critical goods storage.
8) The town was awarded "Best Seaside Resort 2006", by Which? Holiday magazine.
9) The black mineraloid, jet is found in the cliffs around Whitby, and has been used since the Bronze Age to make beads and other jewellery. The Romans mined jet extensively, and Whitby jet was at the peak of its popularity in the mid-19th century, especially after it was favoured as mourning jewellery by Queen Victoria.
10) Whitby Museum ... displays a “hand of glory”.
11) One unusual feature of Whitby is the Dracula Museum - a large portion of Bram Stoker's famous novel was set in Whitby, describing Dracula's arrival in Britain on a ship washed ashore in the harbour, and how Lucy watched from the churchyard as the sun set over the nearby headland of Kettleness, but did not know how many steps she climbed to get there. Stoker's story incorporated various pieces of Whitby folklore, including the beaching of the Russian ship Dmitri, which became the basis of Demeter in the book.
12) The novel Caedmon's Song by Peter Robinson plays in Whitby
13) Whitby also features significantly in the novel Possession, by A. S. Byatt.
14) Michel Faber's novel, The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps is set in Whitby.
15) Whitby is also home to 740 (Whitby) Squadron, Air Training Corps. The squadron is located at Caedmon School, Airy Hill, and takes part in a wide-range of ATC activities, including flying at RAF Church Fenton, gliding at RAF Topcliffe, and shooting at Whitby Rifle Club.
16) Whitby also hosts the bi-annual Whitby Gothic Weekend, a festival for members of the Goth subculture.
17) The town has played host to Musicport, an annual world music festival, since the late 1990s. (last played in 2007)
18) whitby is twinned with: Anchorage, Alaska, United States; Porirua , New Zealand; Stanley, Falkland Islands; Whitby, Ontario, Canada; Nukuʻalofa, Tonga; Kauai County, Hawaii.
19) whitby has 5 primary and two secondary schools, as well as a community college and an independent school.
20) it's online: http://www.whitbyonline.co.uk/
all information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitby
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