Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Arguments Yard

Arguments Yard off of Church Street, Whitby.  This is one of 80 or so remaining yards or "ghauts" to be found in this Yorkshire town. There are a further 30 alleyways or flights of steps.

When houses were built in medieval Whitby, there were often long gardens to the rear. Gradually these were built upon starting at the farthest end. As demand for housing grew, the buildings gradually encroached upon the land.

Deeds from the mid 17th century show one Thomas Argment living in Church Street. The present name is believed to be an English corruption of the original Flemish name.


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