Zed ‘dusted off’ (ironically!) and donned his ‘rubble’ gear again to begin our annual renovations here at the Riviera Guesthouse. 
This month, it’s the turn of two single rooms to undergo their transformation – and then we found some fascinating ‘treasure’ underneath the floorboards! 
With our Guesthouse being a Victorian building, we’re forever unveiling quirky items while we’re renovating, revealing a little more of the Riviera’s interesting history. 
This time, we found a collection of items belonging to a Lieutenant Bewley and Lieutenant Hogg dating from during World War Two (around 1942) to 1969. 
Among the finds, there was a laundry order slip from 2nd November 1942 where Lt. Bewley had: “1 Shirt, 3 Gent’s Pants, 1 Bath Towel, 1 Collar and 2 Handkerchiefs laundered at a price of 14.5p” in total. No doubt it would be more expensive these days! 
We also found vintage boot polish tins, old cigarette packets, and an empty bottle of Violet Oil. 
Discovering these artifacts has given us a real insight into the past and also a glimpse of the many people who’ve stayed at the Riviera and enjoyed Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast over the decades. 
Read what the Whitby Gazette had to say about it by clicking HERE 
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