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…

The Ghost of Kettleness’ Railway Station

*This is a tale that was told to me many years ago as a Cub-Scout, and it’s a story that has been passed down throughout Cubs as they stay at the spooky railway station in Kettleness. When the railway station was in use, and in a time where child labour laws were nonexistent, a young…

Who Was Frank Meadow Sutcliffe?

Born Francis Meadow Sutcliffe in Leeds, 1853, Sutcliffe became a pioneer of photography and portraits and documented Whitby throughout the late Victorian Era. In Whitby and the surrounding areas we owe Sutcliffe a lifetime of gratitude for documenting the quiet moors, and given us historical views of life through those times. His time in Whitby…