Talking To The Dead – Whitby
Lee, Charlene and Phil explore different areas within Whitby. The first ITC session at St Marys Church situated next to Whitby Abbey. They encounter some very interesting responses relating to some of the history assiocated with area.
They then conduct a Live at the Ragdale Hall, reputed to have many hauntings. What they encounter is quite amazing during this and even leaves the sceptic thinking what could have been the cause.
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Below ive listed some of the History and Hauntings of Whitby and there will be follow on articles of further research of the area.
A GHOST called Hob
IT is alleged that a GHOST called Hob haunts the area of Whitby, witnesses have spotted his apparition appearing in front of cars, forcing them to skid and tyres mysteriously been let down. It’s also believed that he turns sign posts around causing confusion and frustration to whose who are new to the sea side town.
Devils Punchbowl Goathland
The hole of Horcum is a large natural amphitheatre which is by the A169 between Pickering and Goathland on the North Yorkshire Moors. Locally known to many as ‘The Devils Punchbowl’ Local legend is that the amphitheatre was made by a giant, who scooped up a large ball of earth and tossed it aside to create a nearby hill.
ARUNDEL House was built in the 1880s, this hotel has had plenty of ghostly activity in nearly every one of its rooms. Visitors have witnessed seeing a lady and hearing footsteps as well as strange bangs and disembodied voices.
Bagdale Hall is one of the oldest historical buildings within Whitby. Bagdale Hall was built in 1516 and is a tutor house. Another building attached to the tutor house is No. 4 Bagdale, which is a lovely Georgian townhouse built around 1770.
THE former owner of the hotel Browne Bushell, was executed with charges relating to piracy. It’s believe me he returned to the hall after his death and many have witnessed seeing him walking up and down the staircases at the hall. Guests to the hall have heard clatter of footsteps up and down the stairs and on looking nobody was around.
DURING OUR LIVE WE EXPERIENCED THE GLASS OF THE CHANDELER MOVE, ON INSPECTION WE COULD NOT RECREATE IT. FOOTAGE CAN BE VIEWED ON THE TALKING TO THE DEAD EPIDOSE AND ON OUR GHOST OF BRITAIN GROUP ON FACEBOOK.
Other strange goings on at the Hall over the years include poltergesit activity, a strange shape gliding up and down the stairs and lights being turned on in an empty room.
Whitby Abbey is perched on top of a cliff top, it is well known for providing inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic Novel, Dracula 1931 and the filming of count Dracula in 1977.
The Abbey was founded in 657AD by Oswiu of Northumbria who appointed Lady Hilda as the founding Abbess. Known as Hilda of Whitby, she is said to haunt the Abbey. In life, a number of miraculous feats where attributed to Saint Hilda, for example, ridding the town of a plague of snakes with a magic whip. Her apparition has been seen at the highest window of the Abbey North side. In 867 the Abbey was attacked and destroyed during the Viking raid, itnwws then rebuilt after the Norman conquest by Reinfrid. It was later disestablsihed during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.
After this the bells were sold off and loaded onto a ship for London. The Ship was caught in a storm and sunk. It is said that where the ship lays the sounds of bells can be heard from the ocean depths on All Hallows Eve.
It’s also said that on Christmas mornings a choir can be heard singing from the Abbey while nobody is there.
ST MARY’S CHURCH
The steps have seats built in for people to rest but originally they were put here so coffins could be places here for the bearers to rest.
ST Mary’s Church was built 900 years ago and over the years has been altered many times.
Being so close to the Abbey, the sighting between the two areas are the mostly the same but a young couple did report to the daily star that they was having a romantic stroll one night when they spotted what appeared to be a apparition of a dog beneath the frame of the Church door.
THE WESTERN LIGHTHOUSE
A apparition of a male has been seen laid out in front of the light house entrance.
IT is believed to that of a light house keeper, who on a stormy night noticed the light wasn’t on in the light house. He knew this could be potentially dangerous and set out to do his job. Due to the wet conditions, it made the steps slippery and dangerous and on his way down slipped and fell down the steps to his death.
Firmly known as ‘Grope Lane due to it being the red light district of Whitby. It is alleged to be haunted by a young girl who died after running a errand for her father. MOST days she would go to their bakery and heat up her father’s dinner. The girl was a set alight after her hair went in the ovens flames. Her father tried his best to save her but it was too late.
Her spirit is said to appear to people on Grape Lane with flames surrounding her and the smell of burnt hair can be smelt when she appears.
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