St Mary’s Church became a victim of the after effects of Hurricane Katia this week when a 900 year old window was damaged by high winds.
Three panes of glass in one of the north side windows at the top of the building suddenly blew out on Monday with shards of glass lucky to miss visitors.
While the glass is not original it is thought the window itself is 900 years-old and has stood the test of time until now.
Whitby and the surrounding area had to batten down the hatches on Sunday and Monday as gusts were in excess of 20mph.
The window has been boarded up and the area below the window cordoned off until the glass can be replaced.
Ada Roe, one of the church maidens, said the windows went with an almighty bang.
She said: “I wondered what the dickens it was. Part of it blew out and crashed down to the bottom of the outside.
“Some of it is 900 years old and has withstood some weather but the wind was absolutely horrendous up there.
“Somebody could have got hurt quite honestly because they were sheltering around the church so we had to put some tape up to stop them coming so near.”