The date of this image of Filey is unclear, but it appears to date from the early days of photography and the wooden boats in the foreground confirm it is from an era when it was very much a working town for fishermen.
The grand architecture is a clue that even in that era, Filey’s enviable position on the east coast had been recognised by the more well-to-do element of society, with the money to create homes which exploited the fine sea views.
It is a vista which remains instantly recognisable today, albeit becoming more congested as the generations have passed, but without losing any of its charm.
Filey’s legendary beach has also changed its function, from an area once trodden by workers to a playground for both residents and visitors.
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