Whitby Abbey Weathervane


One of 4 specially designed weathervanes depicting the history and culture of the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby.

The Whitby Collection comprises Whitby Abbey,  Captain James Cook, Dracula and Flying Bats. These vanes will be made to order.


Whitby Abbey Weathervane

Whitby Abbey weathervane handcrafted by Chris Clarke, a traditional blacksmith with 22 years experience of producing beautiful, high quality ironwork. One of a series of 4 specially designed vanes reflecting the history and culture of this fascinating Yorkshire seaside town.


Weathervanes have been around for hundreds of years and are a traditional symbol of British countryside life.
Traditionally weathervanes were mounted on the gable end of a house, garage or other solid structure. More and more people are acquiring these beautiful and useful items for their home. We can supply vanes with ridge fittings, roof fixings or with a post fitting so that the vane can sit on a post in the garden, visible to those inside the house.


We make all sorts of weathervanes from the traditional cockerel, through to birds, animals, occupations, hobbies and vehicles. Alternatively, bring us your photo’s or pictures and we will make a truly unique and bespoke vane for you. If you don’t have a picture but you do have a great idea, talk to us and we will source and design a vane for you. The only limit is your imagination – so far nothing has been impossible!


We balance our weathervanes on knife edges in the making, and they rotate on a free running, single ball bearing. The black gloss we use is produced locally in North Yorkshire and results in a high quality, weatherproof finish. All of this results in a weathervane that will work accurately and trouble free, and last a lifetime.


With regards to size, a medium vane (our most popular size) measures 21″ (54cm) across the cardinal points and is approximately 25″ (63cm) tall from the wall mounting to the bottom of the motif. This does not include the height of the motif which of course will vary depending on the design. The offset from the wall is 3.5″ (9cm) as standard but we can always make this more or less if needed.


Chris cuts all our weathervanes by hand and they are fully welded, with no flat packs to screw together. The vane comes well packaged in a large box containing 3 pieces – the upright stem, the NSEW and the motif, plus bolts and screws for fitting. We include an instruction sheet in the box which explains the simple procedure to install the vane.


We make and cut every unique weathervane to order.  Due to the nature of the work, from design (if a bespoke or personalised vane) to posting, we ask that you allow approximately 3-4 weeks from confirmation of order. If you are buying for a special occasion and need it by a specific date, we will always do our best to meet this, and sometimes it might be possible to make the vane in less than this time scale. However 3-4 weeks is the standard time to allow.  A lot of our work is bespoke to our customers requirements. There is no extra charge for bespoke work. If you have your own ideas or a particular picture or photograph, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Whitby Abbey Weathervane.

You might also like https://www.chrisclarkeweathervanes.co.uk/product/captain-cook-weathervane/

Why not visit the wonderful Whitby Abbey for yourself https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/whitby-abbey/


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