Photograph by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853-1941). The kilns were probably used for smoking fish and the hut in the background was probably a smoking hut for kippers. Sutcliffe is best known for his naturalistic and spontaneous style of photography, especially his portrayals of Whitby's fishing community. He was a founder member of The Linked Ring Brotherhood and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1941.
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