Client: The PCC of the Parish Church of St Mary
St Mary’s is a Grade I listed church situated high on the hill overlooking Whitby Harbour. Founded in circa 1110, it has a very fine interior dating from the 1700s, with 19th century galleries within the nave and transept. The church is reknowned for its 199 steps and graveyard made famous by Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
We have worked closely with the church over a number of years, carrying out quinquennial inspections, carrying out work to the roofing and heating, window restoration work and restoring the 199 steps.
Opposite the church lies Whitby Abbey and the Grade II listed Victorian gatehouse lodge. Working with English Heritage, the lodge was refurbished and reinvigorated as a ticket office, retail and orientation centre for the Abbey. As part of the work a new feature stone plinth was commissioned for the replica Borghese statue that was once housed in the courtyard of Cholmley House.