A “White Settlement”

is the Old Norse name from which the North Yorkshire town of Whitby derives it’s name. Whitby became a fishing port sometime in the Middle Ages with the earliest known settlement in about 656. To this day it boasts a maritime, mineral and tourist heritage.

One of Whitby’s most famous sons is the photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (Hon.FRPS). Mr Sutcliffe developed the idea of photography as art and between 1875 and 1910 won over 60 gold, silver and bronze medals exhibiting as far afield as Tokyo and the USA. To this day there is a gallery of his work in Whitby http://www.sutcliffe-gallery.co.uk

Here are a couple of examples of his work:


And here a view of the docks at Whitby:


My own interest in Frank Sutcliffe derives from a find of one of his photographs entitled “Peace”. On the back it tells me it is of Mrs Ann Scarth of Glaisdale taken on the doorway of her home Rock Head Cottage and that this particular portrait was published in 1987 by the above Sutcliffe Gallery.
Here she is:



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