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Haunted Whitby
The ruins of Whitby Abbey provide an ideal setting for ghost stories. Many ghostly experiences in the abbey grounds feature here, including an account of treasure hunters who were in search of rich pickings and were disturbed by an unimpressed spectre. Whitby even has its share of ghost animals, including the panther-like Burguest that terrorises the moors, but the town is perhaps best-known as one of the locations for Bram Stoker's "Dracula". With stories of haunted lighthouses, creepy tunnels, the strange apparitions of Bagdale Hall and the spirit of Nunnington Hall, 'Haunted Whitby' is a must-read for anyone interested in the town's paranormal past.
A History of Whitby
Whitby is well known today as a seaside resort and a picturesque place to visit, with its piers, boats, fine sands and, overlooking its tangle of red-roofed houses, the ruins of its Abbey in one of the most splen-did settings in Britain for such romantic remains. But few of its many visitors would guess the long history of the town or its significance, from time to time, in national affairs.
A History of Whitby & Its Place Names
If you've ever wondered where Cross Bar Lane, Banjo Cottage, the Blue Robin and the Bug House cinema were, or how Jacky Fields, Caller Beck, Egton Village, Gallows Close and Cock Mill got their names, then A History of Whitby & its Place Names will be of interest to you. This absorbing and well-researched book by local historian Colin Waters is full of fascinating facts laid out in an easy to read A-Z format and can just as easily be dipped into or read from cover to cover. With explanations of the origins of the town's street, village, and place names and how they are linked to people and events in Whitby's history (sometimes as far back as Roman and Viking times), this interesting book presents a new way of looking at the area's ancient origins. Learn how French wartime prisoners were used as local slave labour, how religious frescoes were lost to history because a local photographer failed to catch them on film before they were destroyed, and where Whitby's Roman and Viking settlers built their religious temples. Illustrated with both old and modern images, this succinct guide to old Whitby and its place names should be on the bookshelf of every lover of local history.
Whitby Abbey - Pure Inspiration: An Anthology of Stories
An anthology of new stories with one common thread - the inspirational Whitby Abbey. Look at Whitby Abbey through the eyes of 50 new authors; explore the Abbey of St Hild, or reach into the darkness as sinister forces work their magic around the ruins! Short stories that will make you laugh, cry, and even send a shiver down your spine! All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to maintaining Whitby Abbey for future generations.
Whitby Then & Now
When Queen Victoria came to the throne, Whitby was little changed from the days when Captain Cook sailed from its port. Since that time thousands of visitors have flocked to the town to soak up its ancient atmosphere and experience its unique charm for themselves. In this fascinating volume, social historian Colin Waters has carefully selected a wide variety of captivating archive images, ranging from scenes of old narrow streets and local people to nostalgic harbour views and the town's majestic abbey. Each old picture is complimented with a modern colour photograph and a detailed caption providing fascinating insights into the history of this charming town. This absorbing book will be of interest to all lovers of nostalgia and a welcome addition to the bookshelf of every lover of Whitby and its historic past.
Whitby West Cliff Station
The traditional Yorkshire fishing town of Whitby was transformed by the development of the railways in the nineteenth century. Steam locomotion was crucial in attracting the Victorian holidaymakers who helped change the town s fortunes. Ideally situated at the crossing point of two railway routes, Whitby offered clean sea air to those wishing to escape from Britain s industrial towns and cities. As a counterpart to the principal station of Whitby Town, West Cliff station established in 1883 as part of the Whitby, Redcar & Middlesbrough Union Railway served as a busy interchange for travellers for almost eighty years. The West Cliff area of the town duly developed into a fashionable locale, catering to the summer s many visitors. This book is a thorough exploration of this station's history its birth and its flourishing, its demise and its afterlife. It is awash with facts, detailing with affection and accuracy the services run, the engines involved, and the architecture and infrastructure created. Illustrated throughout with photographs, maps and diagrams, Whitby West Cliff Station records for posterity the character and career of this multifaceted establishment.

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