Pannett Park, Whitby, England
Record Id: 7094
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
Brief description of site
The site occupies a steep south and south-west facing hillside with Pannett Art Gallery and Whitby Museum occupying the higher ground. Generally steep paths and stepped paths throughout the park provide links to the town and lower ground. A path illuminated from dusk to dawn and with a gradient of 1:12 crosses the park downhill from St. Hilda's Terrace to Chubb Hill. The park is dominated by mature trees, many of which are evergreen varieties contrasting with the fine stone and brick town houses around its boundary. The park can be divided into a number of character areas including woodland and wild flower banks and small feature gardens.
Brief history of site
Alderman R E Pannett, who died in 1920, made provision in his will for a park and art gallery for the people of Whitby. Mr Walter Brydon was appointed to design and supervise the building of the park. Much of his work survives. The park, art gallery and museum were handed over to the Council in 1932. During the closing decades of the 20th century the park suffered badly from cuts in funding and staffing. In 2005 the newly-established Friends of Pannett Park set about restoration in collaboration with the town and borough councils.
Address: Pannett Park, Whitby, N.Yorks., YO21 1RE
North Yorkshire; Scarborough; Whitby West Cliff
Historical County: North Riding of Yorkshire
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Pannett Park is on the west side of Whitby, a short walk from the town centre and bus and train stations.
Opening contact details:
This is a municipal park, open daily from dawn till dusk.
Whitby Museum and Pannett Art Gallery, tea room with toilets, guided walks, printable route avoiding steep slopes and steps. Bike racks at main entrance. Leaflets available from the museum: Pannett Park, Jurassic Garden, Turtle Trail (a fun treasure hunt for children), and printable maths trail from website. Car park on Whitby's west cliff. There is a bylaw prohibiting dogs in the park.
Form of site: public park
Purpose of site: urban park
Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces
Site first created: 1928 to 1935
Main period of development: Early 20th century
Site Size (Hectares): 3.36