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An investigation of street names can reveal much about the historical, cultural or religious heritage of a local area. One such example is Whitby which has a significance in the history of Christianity. It was here at the Synod of Whitby in A.D. 664 that the way to calculate the dating of Easter was decided. The decision favoured the Roman, rather than the Celtic tradition.

Exploring a gazetteer of Whitby reveals street names which show the town’s religious heritage.

These include:

  • Abbey Lane
  • Abbot’s Road
  • Abbot’s Walk
  • Caedmon Avenue
  • Chancel Way
  • Church Lane
  • Church Square
  • Church Street
  • Lilla Close
  • Oswy Street
  • Parson’s Close
  • Priory Drive
  • Spital Bridge
  • St Andrew’s Road
  • St Ann’s Staith
  • St Hilda’s Gardens
  • St Hilda’s Terrace
  • St Mary’s Crescent
  • St Peter’s Court
  • St Peter’s Road

Some pins provide further information.

Activities and themes to explore:

  • Investigate the significance of religion and religious heritage in the local community.  Having researched a local area, pupils could create their own Google Map or trail. Street names which reveal religious heritage could be marked together with some information of each’s significance.
  • Create a trail presentation for visitors which shows the local impact of religion and religious heritage past and present.
  • Is religious heritage important?
  • Does religious heritage have a significance for communities today?
  • Investigate the different ways in which religious buildings (or former religious buildings) are used within a community today.


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