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Scarborough Sightings


“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

Could there be a world that lies beyond our beliefs?

These are some of the reported sightings and stories of ordinary people, who believe they have had an extraordinary experience!

Some names have been changed for the purpose of this website!




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Black Lion
The Grand Hotel
Old Mansion House St Nicholas Street
Private residence, Hoxton Road
Scarborough Castle
Sitwell House, AKA Woodend Creative Workspace
St Marys Church Yard
Three Mariners

Black Lion

A combination of two former 17th century houses were merged together to create an inn. It’s also rumoured to have been used as the towns first mortuary, and both a place of accidental death and murder. After witnessing slamming doors, moving objects and sightings of an old woman some have been left petrified.


The Grand Hotel

Built in 1867 to accommodate for most noble of guests. It was 1 of the largest hotels in the world with 365 rooms representing each day of the year. Todays visitors have commented on strange encounters & some have even left after witnessing items flying across their rooms & objects falling from walls, doors vigorously shaking & knocking with no one on the other side. Sounds of screaming, singing & laughter are heard & most commonly old fashioned music. Various apparitions are seen but none more so frequent than the lady wearing a long red dress.

Old Mansion House, St Nicholas Street

The ghost of the teenager Lydia Bell has been reported haunting her former home wearing either a pink or red dress. It is reported that she was murdered nearby in 1804.


Private Residence, Hoxton Road

A couple who moved into this flat reported that lights would switch themselves on and off, disrupt the shower system, and leave a smell of perfume behind.. Things got so bad that they were forced to call in a vicar to bless all the rooms in an attempt to dismiss a poltergeist.


Scarborough Castle

The castle is said to be haunted by the headless phantom of Piers Gaveston, the favourite of Edward II. Edward and Graveston had fled by ship to Scarborough when Thomas Plantagenet, 2nd Earl of Lancaster raised an army and attacked them at Newcastle. Leaving Gaveston in Scarborough with it's garrison, Edward went south to raise an army. Lancaster then threatened Gaveston at Scarborough, forcing him to surrender to Aymer de Valence, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, who pledged to protect him. Scarborough Castle WallsGaveston was then captured by in Oxfordshire and taken to Warwick castle where Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick held him until Lancaster would arrive.


Although Gaveston's corpse was left at Scarborough, he did not die there. On 19 June 1312 Lancaster ordered his execution - he was taken to Blacklow Hill by Leek Wootton, where he was run through with swords by two Welshmen, then beheaded.


It is said Gaveston's ghost behaves maliciously, lunging at the living in an attempt to make them fall from the castle walls.


Sitwell House, AKA Woodend Creative Workspace

The Scarborough Evening News reported that a ghost hunt on the site had discovered a number of entities there, including a 'signal' received from poet Edith Sitwell.

Poet Edith Sitwell 


St Marys Church Yard

It is said that all those who will die between the  24 April and the 23 April the following year which is St Mark's Eve are said to appear in the graveyard at St Marys Church at the stroke of midnight before walking into the church.


Three Mariners (formerly an Inn)

A headless phantom woman would appear as a warning to any sailors staying the night their not to go to sea - those who did see her but ignored the warnings often perished.