Ye Olde White Harte can be found in Hull. It is claimed that the building dates back to the 1600's. It is believed that an upstairs room in the pub known as the 'Plotting Parlour' was where Sir John Hotham and others took the decision to refuse to allow King Charles I entry entry to the town which led to the seige of Hull and caused more tension between the Royalists and Parliamentarians.The Civil War 1642 to 1651 ended with victory for Oliver Cromwell and the defeat of the King. Charles I his majesty was executed on Tuesday, 30 January 1649.
On a lighter note, documents from that period describe those who were drunk as follows: 'The Scripture describeth them to stagger and reel to and fro. And so where the same legs which carry a man into the house,cannot bring him out again, it is a sufficient sign of drunkennes.'
Skipsea (Viking for Ship Lake.) The mound of the wooden castle can still be seen. It was built in 1086 on the orders of Drogo de la Bouerer the first Lord of Holderness, who had fought alongside William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. Married to William's, niece it is believed that he killed the poor girl by telling her to drink a love potion, which he had poisoned. Before the body was discovered, Drogo rode to the King, borrowed money from him and then fled to Flanders. It is close to Skipsea Castle where a ghost dressed in white is said to appear and then disappear near the brook.
Following a rebellion by another Earl of Holderness (William de Froz) in 1221, the castle was raised to the ground by Henry III
Nearby is All Saints Church. This was built circa the 11th century from stones which were taken from the beach
Flamborough Head derived its name from the Anglo Saxon word 'flaen' meaning 'arrow-point' which the headland is supposed to resemble.
Here the remains of a 14th century castle (which was known as the Danish Tower) belonging to Sir Marmaduke Constables lie. Sir Marmaduke was described as a robust man. When aged 70 he led the left wing of the English army at the Battle of Flodden Field. This was fought between the kingdoms of England and Scotland on the 9th of September 1513. King James IV was killed.
Folk lore states that Sir Marmaduke met his end when he swallowed a frog in his drinking water!
During the reign of Henry VIII it was the custom for the head of the Constable family to go to the shore line at Flamborough head and to ask thrice, if there is anyone who claims his dues as the Danish King. If no reply was heard an arrow with a coin attached to it was fired out to sea.
There are several caves around this marvelous coast line at least 1 or 2 of them were used by smugglers. Robin Lyth's Hole (or cave) being 50 foot in height had at least 2 entrances. Robin was reputed to be a natural psychic and it was said that, "no man's bullet could kill or maim him." The author R D Blackmore in his book 'Mary Anerley' wrote about Lyth.
Near here In 1779 John Paul Jones attacked a fleet of about 43 ships. The spectacle attracted crowds of curious onlookers.
1846 The Danish king Christian VIII sent forth his subjects to Flamborough their mission was to discover old Danish words which had died out in Denmark.
On the 10th of September 1939 the first known ship to go down during the Second World War, was torpedoed by the Germans as it sailed from Flamborough Head.
The lighthouse is situated on the headland.It can be seen from Hornsea and beyond. The white lighthouse rises 81 foot above ground and was errected in the year 1806 by a local man without the aid of scaffolding!
The Old Lighthouse was built in 1674.
Marie Campbell. Photographs copyright Marie Campbell 2013.
The photograph of the frog courtesy of Esme copyright Esme 2011
And Scarborough has them all.
The 3 Mariners Inn (which should really be called The 3 Ancient Mariners!)is tucked away off Quay Road. It is thought to be the oldest licensed premises in Scarborough and dates back to the 1300's. The building boasts 26 cupboards of different sizes some have false floors in them! The whole site is littered with secret passages probably used by smugglers and pirates.A passage in one upstairs room leads out onto the old chimney which in turn leads to the next room. It is claimed that a hidden passage way below ground led direct to Scarborough Harbour and was used to smuggle contraband.
It is rumoured that a headless ghost of a lady appears. She seems to be either lost or to be looking for something or someone? It is said that she knocks at nearby cottage doors to warn of impending disaster at sea.
A 14th century house where Richard III is claimed to have stayed can be seen just off Sandside, overlooking the old Harbour. The building is now a restaurant.
Scarborough Castle is at least 800 years old,manificent and commanding standing high above the town. The ghost of Piers Gaveston a favourite of King Edward II is said to haunt the castle.
The Church of St. Mary stands in the shadow of the castle. It is in this churchyard where the body of Anne Bronte the famous novelist lies. The grave does not overlook Scarborough Bay but faces St. Mary's Church. The photograph depicts the original gravestone of Anne Bronte, which has recently been replaced.
Bathing Machines first appeared on the resorts beach as early as 1734/5
Original photographs copyright 2011 Marie Campbell author of the Strange World of the Brontes
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