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
Blog by Marie Campbell