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Haunted Scarborough
The popular seaside resort of Scarborough has long been a haven for holidaymakers, but the town also harbours some disturbing secrets - Discover the darker side of Scarborough with this fascinating collection of spine-chilling tales from around the town, including the many ghosts haunting Scarborough Castle, the Pink Lady of Bell Mansion, the Headless Man, and the mysterious story of the vanishing houses. Haunted Scarborough also includes several exciting first-hand encounters which were told to, or experienced by, the author. Illustrated with over sixty pictures, Haunted Scarborough will delight everyone interested in the paranormal.
The History of Scarborough: From Earliest Times to the Year 2000
There are at least thirteen other Scarboroughs in the world, but the Scarborough on Yorkshire's coast in England is the first and parent of all the others. This is a new account of a 2000-year old history of a place that has been Iron-Age camp, Roman signal station, Vikings' lair, Angevin castle, European fish fair, shipbuilding port and Britain's earliest watering resort that invented holidays by the sea.
Scarborough: A History
The Romans chose the headland that divides Scarborough's two bays for a watch tower but it was the Vikings who, according to legend, first gave the town its name. The settlement they founded was later razed to the ground by the Norwegian king Harald Hardrada in 1066 and no trace of it has ever been found. The recorded history of Scarborough begins in the middle of the 12th century with the construction of the castle on the headland and the development of a port and town beyond its walls. King Henry II issued a charter in 1163 and the royal borough was the largest and most prosperous port on the Yorkshire coast in the 13th and 14th centuries, but it struggled to maintain the pier and fell into decline. Town and castle endured two bloody and destructive sieges during the Civil Wars, but shortly afterwards a local doctor called Robert Wittie promoted the health-giving properties of a spring in the South Bay. Scarborough's fame as a medicinal spa spread quickly and by the end of the 17th century the town was the regular resort of northern gentry families in search of a cure. Promotion of the beneficial effects of sea bathing in the 18th century meant Scarborough became the country's first true seaside holiday resort, and new streets added to the medieval core accommodated the influx of wealthy visitors. The coming of the railway in 1845 ushered in mass tourism and saw the construction of new boarding houses and hotels wherever there was a view of the sea. Scarborough was on course to becoming one of the country's best known seaside resorts and took the title of the 'Queen of the Yorkshire Coast', a position it retained well into the 20th century despite sever damage in two world wars. With the decline of the seaside holiday, the town has redeveloped as a conference and cultural centre, the first museum, the Rotunda, re-opening in 2008 as a regional centre for geology. This fully illustrated narrative is the perfect introduction to the history of a unique and fascinating place.
Scarborough Then & Now
Scarborough's history dates back to Roman and Viking times when invaders from overseas landed on the town's beaches. Well-to-do Victorians, invaders of a different kind, used the newly-created railways to flock to Scarborough to take the restorative waters, resulting in the town becoming Britain's first seaside resort. This fascinating volume captures the essence of the town and its people over the decades in a series of photographic pairings which record some of Scarborough's lost landmarks, such as the North Bay Promenade Pier, the arch at Newborough Bar and the town's two swimming pools. Illustrated throughout with carefully selected pictures and photographs of Scarborough's past and modern colour photographs of the same scenes today, this book will delight any lover of Scarborough and its history.
Scarborough Through Time
Famous as a seaside holiday resort, Scarborough was believed to have been established by Norsemen around 966 AD, although the area had been attacked several times before the Norman Conquest. Indeed, a century later the King of Norway, Harold Hardrada, and his army waded ashore, burning and pillaging as they went, and totally destroyed Scarborough. The town did not even appear in the Domesday Book of 1086. South beach is the most commercialised, due to the proximity of the railway station, and the harbour also lies on this side. In its heyday, it was an important port for fishing boats that would discharge their cargos on the west pier, the oldest part of the harbour. This fascinating selction of images old and new will surprise and delight anyone who knows and loves Scarborough.

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