The Fortune’s Kippers Smokehouse
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This may seem an unusual feature for us to comment on, but The Heritage Trust is not only about reporting on the state of ancient and well-known sites of cultural and historic importance, we are also concerned with less well-know local crafts and traditions found in every corner of every country of the world.
 
In the North Yorkshire harbour town of Whitby (made famous by the remains of its 16th century Benedictine abbey, Captain Cook and Bram Stoker’s Dracula) the long-established and internationally well-known Fortune’s Kippers Smokehouse is in danger of closing down after 140 years run as a family business. Due to heavy rainfall throughout Britain this year, Fortune’s smokehouse may become the latest casualty from flooding and landslides.
 
 
A smoky early morning on Henrietta Street in Whitby. Fortune’s smokehouse is the house on the left
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The Whitby Gazette reports today that -
 
A 140-YEAR-OLD kipper smokehouse in Whitby may become the latest victim of heavy rainfall after a serious landslide occurred on Thursday night. Now Barry Brown, owner of Fortune’s Kippers on Henrietta Street, fears he may have to close the business if any more earth falls away from the cliff above. He said: “I’m worried it’s going to come down, and I don’t know what sort of damage it’s going to do. “If anything more comes down we are going to have to shut the shop because it will be too dangerous.” Throughout the week debris had fallen away from the cliff, including human bones from a burial at St Mary’s churchyard.
 
Full article here.