One of the most popular
North Sea seaside resorts in the north of
England, Scarborough has fabulous cliff
scenery and splendid sandy bays.
The Normans built a clifftop castle here in the 12th century, which was later besieged by Parliamentarians during the English Civil War.
The defenders surrendered but not before they’d eaten their own boots.
At one time it was a major
mineral spa town and became known as ‘The
Queen of Watering Places’ It was the
birthplace of the great Hollywood actor
Charles Laughton (1899-1962) and witnessed the
death of Anne Bronte in 1849 (she is buried at
St Mary’s Churchyard).
The 19th century poets Edith Sitwell and Sacheverell Sitwell also lived here.
|In 1799 the American privateer John Paul Jones captured the British warship Serapis off the Scarborough coast. In 1914 the town was bombarded by German warships.|