P R O F I L E
Whitby's Crimean Cannon was located in the park above the approach road to the harbour known as the Khyber Pass. The name was taken from a pass in the Afghan campaigns and built into the cliff to provide access to the West Cliff estates. The road is one way for vehicles leading from the harbour. Pedestrian's access is either way.
Whitby is situated on the Yorkshire Coast. To the south lies the coastal villages and resorts of Ravenscar, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington. All these are well within a short drive from Whitby. Whitby's skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey, high on Whitby's East Cliff. Spreading below is Whitby, a maze of alleyways and narrow streets running down to the busy quayside. Visitors to the top of the Khyber Pass on the west side, enjoy views of the sea and are close to all local amenities. Parking in Whitby is no longer free, pay and display car parks, of which there are several, are near by.
The cannon was originally sited on the West Cliff overlooking the sea. Between 1915 and 1940 the cannon appears to have been relocated to the position overlooking the road named "Khyber Pass". The Robins/Hennessy database records this cannon as a 56 pdr number 25486 dated 1838. Sometime around 1940 the cannon went as scrap iron towards the war effort in W.W. II.
Access all Year, Access by Road, Access on Foot, Free Entry, Part of a larger tourism attraction
Coastal, Country town/village
England - Northern
THE FEATURES PRESENT
Crimean Cannon Location, past or present