When travelling past Arguments Yard a lot of people will look and chuckle, or even get photos of stage arguments outside of it. Assuming that this street may have been named
after rowdy sailors the real origins of the street have been lost to folklore.
Early deeds from the mid 17th century suggest that this yard belonged to a Thomas Argment and his family, the spelling remained the same for the yard until 1830, when it was changed to ‘Arguments’. According to Cor Cottage Whitby ‘it is believed that
Argument is actually an Anglicization of the Flemish name Argoment’.
As one of the oldest shopping streets in Whitby, one can imagine Victorian children running around and playing games whilst walking through this yard that hasn’t changed much over the years.