Letter: In the dark over Grope Lane origins

Grape Lane was formerly known as Grope Lane.

Grape Lane was formerly known as Grope Lane.

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Re: the call by the Captain Cook Memorial Museum on Grape Lane memories:

The Whitby Gazette printed a sanitised explanation for the origin of ‘Grope Lane’ - so dark that people had to feel their way along the sides.

As I understand it, Whitby wasn’t the only port to have a Grope Lane - an unlit place where men who had been away at sea for weeks could meet the ladies of the local ‘service industry’ in a Donald Trump sense.

Graeme Aldous

South Lane Farm

Moorsholm

Saltburn