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After moving to a medical practice in London, Birkbeck was involved in many scientific and philanthropic societies, from meteorology to the abolition of boy chimney sweeps.

He raised money for the formation of the London Mechanics' Institution in 1823 and laid the foundation stone of the lecture theatre.

Follow the cliff top path for over 30 miles along the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast or visit one of the coastal resorts or villages.

For bustling and buzzing atmosphere, try Scarborough, a major resort packed with action and catering for the whole family.

However, by the 1780s, the town's workhouse was described as "a substantial brick building capable of holding 150 persons".

In 1784, the Scarborough Vestry tried, unsuccessfully, to introduce a policy of providing poor relief only through the workhouse.

The workhouse rules were strict with the sexes segregated and profanity, indecency and drunkenness being punished.

However, old men "that are past work" were allowed out for the afternoon on Tuesdays and Fridays, and all inmates on Saturday from 4 until 6.Thirsk – Once home to one Alf Wight, the real-life vet behind the James Herriot books, the town also has a fine parish church which is noted for being a spectacular example of the English Gothic (Perpendicular) style of architecture.Whitby – At the mouth of the River Esk, with a memorial whalebone arch on the north side of the harbour, and the eerie remains of Whitby Abbey to the south side, Whitby is one of the finest examples of a Yorkshire coastal town.He later studied engineering and tool design in Leeds.He formed the Leeds Forge Company and went on to be an internationally renowned engineer, inventor and ironmaster.Dr George Birkbeck belonged to a Quaker family established in Settle.