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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.

Location information:

Address: Pannett Park, Whitby, N.Yorks., YO21 1RE

Locality: Whitby

Local Authorities:

North Yorkshire; Scarborough; Whitby West Cliff

Historical County: North Riding of Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 94 Grid Ref: NZ894108
Latitude: 54.4847 Longitude: -0.621575


Pannett Park is on the west side of Whitby, a short walk from the town centre and bus and train stations.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park, open daily from dawn till dusk.

Visitor information:

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.

Key information:

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

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 3.36

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