Whitby History


Who Was St Hilda?

St Hilda is one of those names that, much like Caedmon, is seen all over Whitby and the surrounding areas. Anyone who lives in Whitby will know who St Hilda is, but for those who don’t know the famous saint, read on…




The Oyster Man of Whitby

Years ago, Oysters weren’t a delicacy of the rich, in fact they were thought of as more a poor man’s food and a lot of the working class on the coast depended on oysters for a meal. And that was no different in Whitby.






The legend of the Saltersgate Inn – Part 1

Along the Hole of Horcum,on a road referred to as the Devil’s Elbow stands the remains of a once thriving pub. Famous for its rich history in smuggling, the Inn was also the basis of many different horror stories, namely to do with the origins of the fire that burnt for 200 years.


Whitby’s 199 Steps

One of the most famous landmarks in Whitby are the 199 steps that lead up to St Mary’s church, also know as the ‘Church Steps’. The reasons for walking up the steps have differed over the years, but now they are used to capture one of the most beautiful views of Whitby you can achieve.


The Whitby Ghost Book

First published in 1987, The Whitby Ghost Book by Paul McDermott (now called Paul Fitz-George since his marriage), has been revised and refreshed with a new makeover that includes story updates and new exclusive photographs, showing the various ghostly venues its tales depict.