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Scarborough remembers Thomas Hinderwell with blue plaque
St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough
Hinderwell was born in 1744 in a house on St Nicholas Cliff

An 18th century historian is the latest person to be commemorated with a blue plaque in Scarborough.

Thomas Hinderwell was born in the resort in 1744. In later life he was instrumental in establishing Scarborough's first lifeboat.

He is probably best remembered for his 'History of Scarborough', which was first published in York in 1798.

The plaque, in the Sunken Gardens, was unveiled on November 17, the anniversary of Hinderwell's birth.

Self-made man

Thomas Hinderwell was born in 1744 at 28, The Cliff, later known as Granby House, on St Nicholas Cliff. The property has long been demolished.

He was a remarkable Scarborough man who made a major contribution to the development of the town.
Adrian Perry, Scarborough Civic Society

He was educated in Scarborough and at Coxwold grammar school, near Helmsley. Aged 11, he went to sea spending 20 years as ship's boy, master and eventually owner.

By 1775 he was rich enough to retire and settle ashore in Scarborough becoming a prominent public figure.

Hinderwell also supported many charitable causes and was instrumental in establishing the town's first lifeboat, the second in Britain.

He is best known for his 'History of Scarborough', the first edition appeared in York in 1798.

Hinderwell's collection of books, manuscripts, pictures, fossils and other items formed the basis of the Rotunda Museum which opened in 1829.

Thomas Hinderwell died in October 1825 and is buried in St Mary's graveyard, a short distance from the resting place of Anne Bronte.

'Remarkable man'

Chairman of the Civic Society, Adrian Perry, said: "We are very pleased to mark Thomas Hinderwell's place of birth with a blue plaque.

"He was a remarkable Scarborough man who made a major contribution to the development of the town. His 'History of Scarborough' is still a main point of reference for those interested in our past."



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