Since Bram Stoker penned his novel Dracula, Whitby and the most famous of Vampires have had a strong connection. It was here that Dracula reached England, and where much of the novel is set.
As such, there are references to Dracula throughout Whitby, from small souvenirs, through to inspired hotels and 'The Dracula Experience', which unfortunately we didn't have time to visit on our trip (but will definitely make time on our next visit!"
In Stokers novel, the russian Schooner 'Demeter' crashed ashore by the east pier, and Dracula, in the form of a large black dog, bounded ashore:
"But, strangest of all, the very instant the shore was touched, an immense dog sprang up on deck from below ... and running forward, jumped from the bow on to the sand. Making straight for the steep cliff, where the churchyard hangs over the laneway to the East Pier ... it disappeared in the darkness."
from Dracula by Bram Stoker, 1897
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If you look at Sandy Smiths excellent Scarborough page you will see she has an article on rock and here is my Whitby equivalent.
For those of you who do not know rock is not really anything to do with rock ( as found on the foreshore or in a cave) but at the English seaside it is sticks of sugary candy that takes ages to suck and eat. Not at all good for the teeth or waistline but very nice and Whitby has some adventurous types on sale rather than just the standard mint or peppermint types.
The Yorkshire Accent
You might find some of the yorkshire folk difficult to understand. There is a tendency to miss out h's in words. The are also just many ways that words become mispronuciated - for example down is pronunced "dahn" or a child is a "bairn". The yorkshire people however pride themself on being very friendly and if you dont understand them simply ask them to speak more slowly or clearly until you get there. Dont let yourself be put off approaching someone as they will often be more then glad to help and are proud of their area nd therefore especially helpful to visitors.
Whitby was not just a place where ships were built, coal transported and herring was fished for. In the 18th century, it was known as a whaling town which you can learn more about in the Whitby Museum and in books about the town. Therefore, a set of whale bones are stood high on the West Cliff, near the Cook Monument, to remind people of the glory days. Today, the bones are a copy of the original ones but they are still impressive and a good meeting point for the ghost walks or just people wanting to find each other.
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- Sailing and Boating
Whitby Folk Week
Whitby Folk Week is a week long festival held in August which lasts a week and has over 600 events. This festival features the traditional music, dance and song as well as storytelling of the British Isles & Ireland.
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- Road Trip
St. Mary's Steps
199 steps to the church! It shows the devotion of medieval Whitbeans that their most important local center of worship was a stiff climb from their dwelling places. In medieval Whitby, as throughout the rest of Europe, town-dwellers died young from disease and malnutrition - but at least they receive a good cardio workout every time they went to church!
(There's a half-way bench for those who need a rest on the way up.)
Rolling Eggs down the hill
Apparently there is an English tradition to roll hard boiled eggs down a hill. Nobody could explain to me what it was all about but as we had three Cadbury Cream Eggs left from Easter we rolled them down a hill....
This guy was really good! I gave him a quid.
He played a traditional sea shanty on his "squeeze box" while his "partner" danced a jig.
So much better than those telephone psychics!
They're part of the charm of the seaside. I wish I'd had time and money for a consultation.
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