This Victorian Photochrom image was shows Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby c.1890’s
Robin Hoods Bay consists of a maze of tiny streets, has a tradition of smuggling, and there is reputed to be a network of subterranean passageways linking the houses. During the late 18th century smuggling was rife on the Yorkshire coast. Vessels from the continent brought contraband which was distributed by contacts on land and the operations were financed by syndicates who made profits without the risks taken by the seamen and the villagers. Tea, gin, rum, brandy and tobacco were among the contraband smuggled into Yorkshire from the Netherlands and France to avoid the duty.
This high resolution Victorian Photochrom image of Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby is available to buy in the following formats: