ARCHITECTS have quashed speculation that historic St Mary’s Church is falling into the sea.


The assurances over the stability of the oldest building in Whitby came as work to stabilise the East Cliff, on which it stands, finally got under way this week.

Engineers have started installing netting and inserting long nails to bolt soil to the cliff.

New drainage tubes will channel water away from the edge of the cliff which is made up of sandstone and clay.

These layers are about 16 metres from the church.