Yorkshire’s Top 4 Spookiest Places
The largest county in the UK, Yorkshire is an ancient land filled with rolling hills, bustling towns and a rugged coastline. Naturally then, it only follows that the county is also packed with dozens of truly spooky sites. In this article, we will take a detailed look at Yorkshire’s top 4 spookiest places, exploring the county’s most uncanny sites.
Whilst the county has its fair share of superstitions, they are by no means as wacky as those in some other parts of the world, yet from haunted mansions to ancient ruins, Yorkshire is surely one of the eeriest places in all of Britain.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at our list of Yorkshire’s top 4 spookiest places…
1. Treasurer’s House, York
This grade I listed building is located in the North Yorkshire city of York, one of Britain’s oldest and most atmospheric ancient cities. A grand residence for the treasurer of York Minster (pictured above), one of the nation’s most significant Christian institutions, Kings and aristocrats of all stripes have been entertained at Treasurer’s House down the years.
So, what makes this one of Yorkshire’s spookiest spots? Well, legend has it that the building’s cellar is haunted by a group of Roman soldiers. Whilst this may at first seem hard to believe, the description of the soldiers given by 18-year-old plumber, Harry Martindale in 1953 perfectly matched those of the Roman reserve soldiers who were indeed stationed on the site way back in the fifth century.
2. Temple Newsam, Leeds
Said to be home to two of Yorkshire’s most notorious ghosts, this grand old home in the city of Leeds is a spooky site indeed. The first and perhaps most infamous ghost to roam the halls of Temple Newsam is that of Phoebe Gray, a maid who was suffocated in 1704 by local estate worker, William Collinson. It is said that young Phoebe’s screams can still be heard echoing through Temple Newsam on quiet evenings.
The second reported ghost at Temple Newsam is that of Mary Ingram, commonly known as the ‘blue lady’. Legend has it that Mary took to her bed after the shock of being robbed of her pearls on a nearby road proved too much to handle, and she soon died as a result. Locals say that Mary can still be seen, in apparition form, roaming the surrounding parklands and searching in vain for her missing pearl necklace.
3. Long Marston
Marked only by a single obelisk, it might be difficult to imagine that this beautiful span of lush Yorkshire countryside was once the site of one of Britain’s bloodiest battles. A key event in the English Civil War, the Battle of Marston Moor was fought on 2nd July 1644 and, to this day, the site at Long Marston is said to be haunted with the ghosts of both Royalist and Cavalier troops who perished in the bloodshed. Numerous sightings have reported infantrymen in full dress emerging from the fields in broad daylight, charging into a battle that has long since ended.
One of Britain’s prettiest seaside towns also happens to be one of its spookiest. Located on the gorgeous North Yorkshire coast, Whitby is famous for its delicious seafood, quaint centre and pebble beaches. However, for those with a penchant for the uncanny, the town is a rich ground for eerie tales and spooky goings on.
It is a known fact that the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey provided author Bram Stoker with inspiration for his seminal Gothic novel, Dracula. In fact, Stoker’s visit to the local library in Whitby provided him with the very name of his antihero, after he chanced upon a book written by a British consul in Romania.