The Skull and Cross-bone Graves

In St Mary’s Churchyard there sits two graves that are different from the rest, as the side of them have a skull and cross-bone sculpted into the side. Years of folklore has told us that Dracula is buried in St Mary’s and if any gravestone were to have Dracula buried underneath is you would think…

Whitby Museum: Hangman’s Locket

Since the dawn of time the human race have had an almost macabre obsession with death, crime, and everything that goes with the two. One of the most powerful pieces of evidence for this is the Hangman’s Locket. In England, after a criminal was hung from the gallows a little souvenir called ‘The Hangman’s Locket’…

The Hob of Boggle Hole

In between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay is a small patch of beach with a mysterious cave that lays within the cliffs. If you ask locals they will tell you stories of little creatures that would run along the beach in and out of the cave, and many other caves that sit on the stretch…

Who Was Henry Freeman?

Born in Bridlington, Henry Freeman moved to Whitby at the top of Bakehouse Yard, which now has a blue plaque to commemorate one of Whitby’s proudest sons. At first Henry took on his father’s trade as a brick layer but eventually fell in love with sea in around 1858. He worked throughout Newcastle, London, and…

The Seaman’s Hospital

With Whitby being a famous seasside town it’s no surprise that at one point we even had our own hospital specifically for seamen. The hospital didn’t just act as a place that sailors and fisherman would be treated and cared for by doctors but it was also a safe haven for the widows of seamen…

Mr Brooksbank and the Christmas Photo

As it’s nearing Christmas I wanted to share with you on of my favourite photos of Whitby. The image below was taken by the famous Frank Meadow Sutcliffe and it is described in his collection of works as; Christmas window display of game, poultry, and fruit at 87 Church Street, Whitby. Mr Brooksbank would have been…

The Sandsend Money Tree

As you walk through the woods on your way to Mulgrave Castle you will stumble upon a tree that is unlike the others as it is filled with two pence pieces. It is believed that if you were to place money in tree you would be rewarded with riches. It is a folk tale that…