Throughout history, men have made a living from smuggling goods and living under the nose of the taxman. Whitby and the surrounding villages were a hotbed for smuggling for generations, with tales of hidden tunnels and secret societies a plenty. Here are a few Whitby smuggling tales for you to enjoy.Read More
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.
Paranormal experts from far and wide make sure they visit Whitby on their ghost hunting tours. You will understand why once you’ve read our list of five haunted places in Whitby.
A clip from the BBC TV program ‘Secret Britain’ which featured the famous “Yards of Whitby”.
It is now a well-known fact that during his reign Henry VIII sent out groups to destroy abbeys and churches that belonged to the Catholic faith as he built up the Church Of England, one of those abbeys was the famous Whitby Abbey.
Although the exact date is unknown, around the year 1800 is where our next story regarding the legendary Saltersgate Inn takes place.
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.
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.
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.
The hand of glory is an old charm that was used by thieves throughout history, and as late as 1820. Whitby Museum is the holder of one such artefact, with a fascinating story behind it.
Most people know Whitby as a pretty little town on the Yorkshire coast, famous for great fish and chips but not much else. Locals to the area will tell you different though, and if you take the time to listen to the fishermen’s tales and the amateur historians you’ll find that Whitby is associated with a number of industries, events and people that really put it on the map.
When most people think about semi-precious gemstones they probably think about the sparkly ones, such as topaz, amethyst, sapphire and emerald. Rarely will people think about Jet, but not only is Jet one of the earliest gemstones known to be used in the making of fine jewellery it’s also one of the rarest gemstones still being found today.