Haunted as people are by Whitby’s quaint cobbled ginnels, dramatic cliffs and Gothic abbey, this bewitching resort has its fair share of ghostly hauntings too. Here is just a sample of Whitby ghost stories:
1. An Unfortunate Accident
in the Lighthouse
By day, a stroll on the West pier to climb
this 25 metre high lighthouse affords a
splendid view of Whitby. By night, beware!
The lighthouse is haunted by the tragic
ghost of the former keeper.....
One night he realised the light was faulty, so braving a
terrible storm, he hurried to set things right and help save
lives out at sea. Battling against gusts of wind he made it to
the lighthouse and mounted the long staircase, only to slip on
its rain-soaked surface.
Bump, bump! He fell right to the bottom and broke his bones. His cold wet body was discovered next morning.
Witnesses after dark, have seen the ghost re-enact his demise, by losing his balance and tumbling a step at a time.
2. The fearsome pirate
Bagdale Hall is the oldest building still standing in Whitby, dating back
to 1516. Now a hotel, it was once home to a terrible pirate known
as Browne Bushell.
The Headless Horses and the Coach of Dead Souls
But the most terrifying tale of all in Whitby, concerns the coach of
dead souls, drawn by headless horses no less, and a headless driver through Haggersgate, up the Donkey path by the 199 steps into the graveyard of
St Mary’s Church, a stone 's throw from Whitby Abbey.
From inside the coach, the skeletal spirits of dead sailors seek their ghostly comrades who were denied a burial at sea and instead whose bones were
laid to rest in the churchyard.
The coach speeds up the steep path, its headless horses kicking wildly,
the phantom driver hurling it towards the graves. The skeletons writhe
and murmur, reaching out bony hands to welcome fellow sailor spirits. As
a ghost rises from the grave to join them, the whole coach shudders
and crashes along the cliff, past the Abbey and down, down, down
with a noiseless splash into the North sea.
May the good Lord deliver you if you should brave the witching hour in Whitby!