Little Kate and the Bouncing Ball

A couple of hundred of years ago, when Runswick Bay was a busy fishing town, a carpenter named ‘Crook Back Tom’ was the main figure in this folklore. According to legend Crook Back Tom got his namesake from being pushed into carpentry at an age as early as 3, being his father’s apprentice. To deal…

Humpty Dumpty’s Grave

Whitby is full of rich literary history, from being the the holiday destination of Charles Dickens, and Lewis Carroll, to inspiring the classic novel Count Dracula. But little do people know that even a famous nursery rhyme has made its way into Whitby’s history. Within St Mary’s Church is said to be the grave of…

Brown Bushell of Bagdale Hall

Bagdale Hall has been a proud part of Whitby for 500 years now, it has so much history pouring from the building that it would be unusual if a ghost hadn’t taken up residence in the hotel. Many patrons and employees of the hotel have reported seeing ghosts and experiencing paranormal phenomenon, for years it…

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…

The Mysterious Ghost of Whitby Pavilion

Built in 1878 the famous Whitby Pavilion Theatre is no stranger to ghostly tales, though a certain person or ghost have ever been pin pointed to the hauntings – nor is the gender of the ghost even known. Given its rich history it’s obvious that the Pavilion was just going to be another of Whitby’s…

North York Moors Through the Mesolithic Period

In the North York Moors the earliest period with surviving evidence of human life and activity was the Mesolithic. The Mesolithic period is one that refers to the years between 9600 BC and 4000 BC, it means ‘Middle Stone Age‘ and came after the Palaeolithic period. After the ice age the sea levels changed and…