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
Authors Ian and Marie.