Anne Pierson; the witch of Goatland

It has been documented in history books of local legend and history that throughout the 1600’s (during England’s witch mass hysteria) Goatland was the most plagued of North Yorkshire for the fearsome devil spawn. Goathland was a unique village, though, and had considered witchcraft a good trade for a woman, a trade that would be…

The Whitby Doppelgänger

Doppelganger is literally transformed from German as ‘double-goer’ and is a word that has been used for centuries to describe a double of a living person, almost like a twin stranger. There have been many speculations as the meaning of having a doppelganger, some suggest that the doppelganger is an evil twin, but most countries…

Whitby Ammonites

If you head down to any beach in Whitby chances are you may be lucky enough to come across an Ammonite, alternatively if you head down to Saltwick Bay then you’ll probably find a few of the little fossils. But why is Whitby so recognised for them? The most common type of Ammonite found around…

The Grey Lady of Whitby

For centuries now the story of a ‘grey lady’ has appeared in nearly every town on every corner of the Earth, even having films depicting the age old stories. Some claim that most of the time the grey lady is a woman who is standing by the roads seemingly hitching a lift, sometimes she is…

The Mermaids of Staithes

In the days where Staithes wasn’t even yet a fishing town, much rather a landing place for Sneaton, there was a terrible storm that hit the coast, one that brought the sailors and seamen on land to watch out the storm till they felt safe enough to be back out on the water. Unbeknown to…

Lilla’s Cross

There are crosses situated all over the moors of North Yorkshire, some are barely even noticeable anymore as there is almost nothing left of them, but a handful of others are still in tact. Lilla’s cross is the most famous of the stone crosses, and is one of the very few that are still in…

The Bride in The Oak Chest

A story that has been told countless times, even as an old Christmas favourite named the Mistletoe Bough . The story of the bride in the oak chest became so famous that it was even once mentioned in the famous horror series ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark‘, and it has been connected with…