Scarborough has been welcoming visitors for many a year and has a wonderful mix of identities; fishing harbour, seaside town, ancient fortress and holiday haven. With towering headland and cliffs, Victorian charm and tranquillity, modern amusements and an air of vibrancy, Scarborough offers fun, entertainment and enjoyment for all ages!
But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a list of some of the more famous visitors (though not everyone welcomed their stay!)
The Romans. They built a signal station on the cliffs in 370.
1066 Hardrada, King of Norway, and a Viking army sacked the town
1201-1216 King John stayed on 4 occasions
1253 Merchants and traders from across Europe to the annual Scarborough Fair
1484 Richard III
1645 Sir John Meldrum and an army of 3000 Scots
1665 George Fox, founder of The Society of Friends (the Quakers) imprisoned in the castle for 16 months
1779 John Paul Jones won a hard fought engagement at sea against the Royal Navy, the Battle of Flamborough Head
1824 William Smith, the ‘father’ of English Geology and author of ‘Geological Map of England and Wales with part of Scotland’
1849 Anne Bronte, writer, suffering from the early stages of tuberculosis came for her health and unfortunately died.
1871 Queen Victoria’s eldest son, Edward Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra stayed as houseguests of Lord and Lady Londesborough
1914 The German battle cruisers Derfflinger , Kolberg and Von der Tann who shelled the town for 30 minutes killing 17 people
1932 The Lord Mayor of London to open the Open Air Theatre
1934 Baron Henri de Rothschild in his 1000 ton yacht Eros for the tunny fishing
2010 Queen Elizabeth II to re-open the Open Air Theatre
If you know of any more I’ll gladly add them to the list!