Staithes - Whitby
Staithes is a charming picturesque fishing village, which has remained unspoilt by time. Its cobbled streets, narrow alleyways, pantile roofed houses and fishing cobles moored in the beck, attract artists from far and wide.
An important artist's colony, The Staithes Group of Artists, began to form in the village, including the whole Parish of Hinderwell cum Roxby, from the early 1880s. Many of the artists trained in Paris and Antwerp at the height of the Impressionist movement, bringing to Staithes the use of blunt-ended brushes, plein air painting, an obsession with light and atmosphere and their own interest in social realist subjects. They were at the forefront of British Impressionist painting at the turn of the last century and their work can be seen in major public collections, including a permanent exhibition at The Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby.
Staithes was once one of the largest fishing ports of North Yorkshire, but at this present time there are only a few full time fishermen. The design of the Yorkshire Coble is partly based on the Viking longboat, which was capable of landing on beaches. A number of cobles around this area are still ’beached’ when coming ashore.
Captain James Cook lived here for a short time, working in a village store before leaving to live in Whitby, to take up an apprenticeship in shipbuilding.