A collection of interesting material relevant to Scarborough and surrounding areas.
Follow the links for some interesting historical Scarborough objects
Articles and Stories on various Historical topics relating to Scarborough and its surroundings
Scarborough has some tall stories as well as a rich history. They may not be true but they were believed. Some perhaps have a grain of truth. The reader can decide.....
12th Century: Old Nick Visits Scarborough
14th Century: Robin Hood Comes to Scarborough
17th Century: The spinner and the Cannon Ball
20th Century: The Parrot
Legends researched by John Rushton
Not a lot of people know that
- in 1444 Scarborough was so impoverished, Parliament remitted half its taxation
- Robert Hunter obtained six oaks to build a house at Scarborough in 1494
- Phillip and Katherine Bastian were accused in 1579 of leaving Scarborough to join a band of Egyptians
- At Scarborough in 1602, half a sheep cost 3s4d and a pound of sugar 2s4d
- A glover called Michael Dunsley in 1619 left his dwelling house near Blackfriargate to his wife, but without the shop, the pits in the garth and the well which went to Thomas
- Scarborough sent one ship carrying nineteen men to the seige of Calais in 1346
- Scarborough castle bridges had fallen down in 1361, No one could get across the ditch to get inside, so they repaired them
- Timothy Fish bought a pew in St Mary's church in 1710. It measured eight feet by five feet, a veritable home from home
- Mr. Phatuel Ford had a Newbrough mansion in 1724. The house contained 21 red leather chairs, 7 other leather chairs, 18 cane chairs, and an arm chair
- A harpooner jumped on the back of a whale in Scarborough roads in 1785.The harpoon failed
- John Wrench was licenced by the Scarborough bailiffs in 1697 as a “badger”
- Jane Hall was whipped from the town hall to the borough gates in 1703
- Two vagrants used “nasty games” in Scarborough roads to “Allure” people to play and lose their money, in 1715
Some important (and some trivial!) events in Scarborough's history, interspersed with accession dates of British monarchs.
- Coming soon!