The Old Engine Shed, as its affectionately called by the locals, is situated right in the heart of Whitby Town and is an iconic building for many reasons. From the Abbey Headland looking down onto this unique town, the Old Engine Shed forms a prominent part of the landscape.
Whitby Engine Stable, to give it its 'official title' was originally built in 1847 and was designed by the renowned GT Andrews. The Grade two listed building is situated to the south of Whitby Station. It is all that remains of a group of buildings serving the station, which consisted of the signal boxes, turntable, goods sheds and carriage sidings. It was extended to accommodate more locomotives in 1868. The uniqueness of this building lies in its double entrance and the Queen Post roof trusses to the original section and scissor trusses to the southern extension. The original inspection pits have been filled in and the original track to all intents and purposes removed.
The fate of the Engine Shed has been uncertain for many years and due to various planning being granted and access limited there has been a struggle to ascertain a long term beneficial use.
The previous owners of Whitby Engine Shed carried out much needed restoration works to the Grade II listed building and as they are also residents in Whitby, they were keen to give the historic building a new lease of life, whilst respecting its architecture and its social standing within the community. They launched the building as a secure private car park and hoped this opportunity would bring benefits to visitors and residents alike.
They also created a vision for the future for how the building could be given a sustainable future but took the decision to hand over the building to a new owner. The now current owners are very pleased to be the new custodian of the building and will carry out this vision in order to create a financially viable and sustainable future for the building.