Sheffield Paranormal Investigations

 
Established 2002
Staithes
Old Cellars
Flamborough
Whitby Abbey
St Cuthbert's Burton Fleming
Market Square Old Town Bridlington
Market Square Old Town Bridlington
Tomb of the 'Dark Knight' Sir Walter Griffith
The church of St. Cuthbert is an ancient edifice, originally erected in the Early English period, but subsequently restored and partially rebuilt of brick. It consists of chancel, nave, south porch, and western tower containing two bells. There was formerly a south aisle, but this has been taken down, and the arcade which separated it from the nave filled up with masonry. The original chancel arch is gone, but the piers remain, as also do the columns of the Early English doorway, with capitals once richly carved. The church was repaired in 1887, at a cost of £75, and at the same time a small turret clock, with two dials, was placed in the tower in commemoration of Her Majesty's jubilee. The organ was presented by the vicar and his family in 1883. The font is ancient, and consists of a circular bowl and shaft, resting on a base bearing sculptured heads, now scarcely recognisable. The windows, Gothic on one side and square wooden framed ones on the other, are filled with plain glass. The interior is furnished with old-fashioned pews for 150 worshippers. This church was formerly a chapel to the mother church of Hunmanby, but became parochial before the Reformation.
St John the Evangelist Folkton

Rudstone Church and Monolith

The present church is a Norman building, but the stone has been dated as being up to 3600 years old. It is suggested that the early Anglo-Saxon missionaries christianised an already sacred object.

The Rudston area has many signs of prehistoric life; there are square and round barrows which show evidence of Neolithic and Bronze Age burials. The main street of the village is an ancient track, probably first used in Neolithic times. To the North of the village are Argam Dikes, prehistoric earth banks. There are also the strange “Cursus”, believed to be late Neolithic Earth banks, which may have been track ways or procession paths. Rudston must have been of great importance as a religious or perhaps trading site in prehistoric times.
How do they cut this hedge? It has got to be fifteen feet high
Is this the bigggest mushroom in the world?
Spooky misty Speeton
Spooky misty Speeton
Sunset at Speeton

St Leonard's Church Speeton

A tiny Norman Chapel built on the site of an earlier Saxon church.

St Leonard's
St Leonard's

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MOVES and REMOVES

 

 

HUNMANBY

Old animal compound (Pinfold) for stray animals. The man who collected these animals was called a 'Pindar'. The owners of the animals had to pay a fine before they got them back. This particular Pinfold was built next to thelock up in 1834 to replace an older one that was originally sited in another part of the village.This combined Pound and Prison is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country.

Village Lock Up. In constant use until the 1890's when the new police station and courtroom was built. The lock up was used occasionally in the early 1900's

Filey Museum

Was originally two single storey cottages with a thatched roof dating back to 1696 (the oldest domestic building in Filey).

Filey Brigg

Filey Brigg is a promontory, jutting out 1600 metres into the sea. At low tide, this rocky point is a haven for fishermen, naturalists and fossil hunters.


The Wishing Stone

You are not supposed to pass this stone without taking a pebble from it. Walk round it three times and make a wish.

St Oswald's Church Filey

A cruciform church, dedicated to St Oswald, the patron saint of Northumbrian (or North of the Humber) fishermen, stands just above the ravine north of the town.
It is believed that there was an earlier church on the site , or in the field just over the northern boundary wall. The present church was built over a 50-year period in a style predominantly Early English with late Norman elements. The earliest work is dated c1180 and the latest c1230.

Monument in St Oswald's grave yard
Old School House Pickering

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle is an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by William the Conqueror. In the late 12th century, King Henry II founded the stone castle, when crowning the motte with a shell keep and encasing the inner bailey with a curtain wall, flanked by the Coleman Tower. The restored chantry chapel of 1227 and the foundations of the early to mid 12th century Old Hall, also stand in the inner bailey. In 1324-26 King Edward II replaced the timber palisade which encased the outer bailey with a curtain wall. The wall is flanked by a gatehouse and three rectangular towers, one having a small postern gate at its base, with its own drawbridge to cross the outer ditch.

Garderobe Pickering Castle

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Pickering
Pickering Station NYMR
Steam Train at Scarborough
Vickers Pattern 13 Pounder Gun Scarborough
History

Bridlington Priory

Bridlington Priory was established in 1113AD and became one of England’s leading monasteries. The surviving nave of the church is now a thriving parish church, a centre of worship and outreach.

Bridlington Priory

THE ORIGINS OF BRIDLINGTON
Archaeological evidence proves people have been living in the area for more than 3,000 years. Flint arrowheads have been excavated and the skeleton of a woman, bearing the traces of a bronze armlet dating from 2,000 years ago, were found in the town centre. From earliest times the area was an important focus.

Chariot burials, tumuli and entrenchments on the nearby Yorkshire Wolds indicate important prehistoric occupation.
A Roman urn has been found and traces of Roman roads have also been uncovered in the town.

In 1933 a farmer’s plough turned up a number of Roman tiles near Rudston, a few miles from Bridlington.

They were from three mosaic pavements, the largest of which, at 20ft by 16ft, features a figure of Venus leaving her bath and holding an apple won from her admirer Paris. In the water is a merman holding a back-scratcher. There are also figures of a leopard, wounded lion, stag and bull and the surrounds consist of huntsmen - one with a spear, another holding a net and another is the image of Mercury with his winged staff.

 

 

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When the Romans left the area the native Brigantes were attacked by Picts and Scots. They sought the aid of the Saxons but before long the friends became foes.

Many Angles then settled in the area.
At the village of Sewerby an important Anglian cemetery marks the landing of King Ida in 557AD
After the Angles came the seafaring Vikings and the evidence of place-names shows the significance of their influence.
Some settled at Flamborough, a few miles along the coast from Bridlington, where many of the present residents are direct descendants of the Vikings.

So strong was the Viking influence that Flamborough was often known as Little Denmark.
On the eve of the Norman invasion in 1066 Domesday Book records show the land at Bridlington was held by three Anglo-Scandinavians – Morcar, Torchil and Carle.
The most powerful, Morcar, Earl of Northumberland, rebelled against King William in 1068 but was unsuccessful and his lands were forfeited, including the manor of Bridlington.

William’s harrying of the North a year later no doubt ravaged the area but in later centuries it was to develop as an agricultural and marketing community.
About 1113 the Norman baron Walter de Gant, who by then held the manor of Bridlington, established the first Augustinian priory in the North of England.
The parish church of St Mary, now known as Bridlington Priory, is all that remains of what was, in the late Middle Ages, the largest and richest Augustinian monastery in the North of England.
When the monastery was dissolved and destroyed in 1537 by order of Henry VIII, its nave, always used as a parish church, was allowed to stand.
The development of the two settlements of Bridlington – the Old Town and Quay – was remarkable and significant; the former growing around the Priory and High Street, the latter focussed on the harbour.

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The two towns remained largely separated until the 19th Century when the railway and its station came in between them and began to pull them together.
St John of Bridlington (1320-79) was one of the last English saints to be canonised, in 1401. After his death many came to worship, including Henry IV and Henry V. At the Priory a window commemorates some of these important visitors.
For years the Quay remained a small place. In 1672 it had only 120 houses while the Old Town had 232 houses.
As the Quay developed as a resort, with the town’s two beaches and harbour, it grew in importance and size.
The Old Town is still surrounded in history.

Market Place has cobbled paving and stocks outside one of the public houses.
The Crown leased the manor of Bridlington to local townspeople in 1566. By 1630, it was decided to sell it. In 1636 the Great Town Deed was drawn up between 13 feoffees (purchasers), and 187 tenants of the manor.

Many premises in the town are still owned by the Lords Feoffees, as they became known, and the body invests proceeds in town causes.
The current Bayle Museum, the former gatehouse to Bridlington Priory, is owned by the Lords Feoffees, which has been a charitable trust for more than 300 years.

Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, famously took refuge in Bridlington during the Civil War the king was fighting against the Parliamentarians.

On a voyage back from Holland to obtain supplies, she landed in Burlington Bay in February 1642. Two days later five ships of war commanded by Parliamentarian Admiral Batten entered the bay at night and opened fire with their cannons.

In a letter to the king, the Queen wrote: “One of their ships did me the favour of flanking on the house where I slept and before I was out of bed the balls whished so loud about me that my company pressed me earnestly to go out of the house.

“So, clothed as well as in haste I could be, I went on foot to some little distance from the town of Burlington and got in the shelter of a ditch, whither before I could get, the cannon balls fell thick about us, and a servant was killed within seventy paces of me.

“One dangerous ball grazed the edge of the ditch and covered us with earth and stones.”

 

The Bayle Museum

The word Bayle is derived from the French Baille meaning ‘enclosure’ or ‘ward’.

Recent archaeological surveys of the Bayle have concluded that a large proportion of the building dates to the late 12th Century. The initial use of the building is unclear although there is a possibility it may have been a gatehouse to a castle built by William le Gros after he took control of Bridlington Priory in 1143.

In the 14th Century the Bayle was the Gatehouse to Bridlington Priory, a porter lived inside the Bayle and monitored the comings and goings of the Priory. An Almoner also lived in the Bayle and distributed food and ale to the poor of Bridlington.

Since the dissolution of Bridlington Priory the Bayle has been used for many different purposes including a Prison, Court, School, Garrison, Non – Conformist meeting place, Town Hall and meeting room for the Lords Feoffees.

Today the Bayle is a Grade I listed Building and scheduled Ancient Monument, which makes it of great interest historically and architecturally.


 

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall is a Lovely Elizabethan House filled with treasures collected by the family over a period of 400 years and a history going back to Norman times

Burton Agnes Hall House

Burton Agnes Manor House is a 12th century stone fortified hall house, founded by Roger de Stuteville. The original vaulted chamber, now supports a 15th century great hall, built for Sir Walter Griffith. It is the only surviving part of a much larger defensible complex and is a rare example of a Norman house. During the 17th and 18th century, the house was encased in brick and used as a laundry for Burton Agnes Hall.

St Martin's Burton Agnes

St Martin’s Church is basically a Norman building over 800 years old. Its access is under an avenue of beautiful yew trees. It is believed to be the second church to stand on this site and has been altered greatly over the years. There a many curious features within the church and one of a number of monuments is one in memory of Robert Wilberforce, son of the reformer William Wilberforce, who at one time was a rector in the village

Robin Hood's Bay

This former smugglers' den owes its reputation to its strategic position sitting below a steep cliff lapped by the sea. It was ideal for such nefarious activities. And its rabbit warren of narrow tumbled streets and alleyways made it ideal for escaping the law.

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Legend has it that secret tunnels and passageways once existed between the houses. Phaps they still do.

Staithes

Was home to Captain Cook. It's quaint narrow streets give the feeling of going back in time.

Bempton Cliffs Sea Bird Sanctuary
Scarborough incoming tide
Old Bridlington Anglican cemetery

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