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Dramatic depictions of naval battles and coastal scenes have often been used to attract visitors to the British seaside. Therefore, it is no surprise to learn that the Battle of Flamborough Head was used by the London and North Eastern Railway Company (LNER) on one of its travel posters during the 1930s. These posters would […]

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It is probably one of the most quoted passages in film history. In Monty Python’s outrageous comedy, Life of Brain, at a meeting of the People’s Front of Judea, John Cleese asks: ‘What have the Roman’s ever done for us’? ‘The aqueduct’ comes the answer. ‘Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that’s […]

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Princess Mary was known as ‘Yorkshire’s Princess’ and she was the royal with strong connections to Filey, her children were regular holidaymakers during the 1920s and the Princess considered buying the White Lodge as a seaside home during the 1930s. In the 1950s she returned to open the new promenade, named the Royal Parade in […]

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The recent rediscovery of an Elizabethan map depicting the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the fund-raising effort to save it for the nation, allows us to tell the story of the battle that never was and one that would have put Filey Bay at the epicentre of world history. In 1558 Spain was the […]

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In the summer months the wide sandy expanse of Filey Bay is a magnet for holidaymakers. However, the vast majority of those splashing in the water and building sand castles are blissfully unaware that the bay was the location of one of the most famous sea fights in history, the 1779 Battle of Flamborough Head. […]

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He was the first English king to die a Christian martyr, a romantic hero, the exiled prince who won and lost his kingdom in battle and proclaimed a saint. His name is hidden in plain sight among the hills and dales of northern England. He was St Oswald, in honour of whom Filey’s twelfth century […]

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The dramatic of bombardment of Scarborough by German battlecruisers on 16 December 1914 is one of the iconic moments of the Great War. In its immediate wake, posters implored potential recruits to ‘Remember Scarborough’. Over a century on the bombardment lingers in our cultural memory. It is therefore understandable that an operation that was an […]

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Visit St. Mary’s Church at Sledmere and you will find a stained glass depiction of King Edwin of Northumbria. The King, now raised to sainthood, is clutching a broad sword, but it is the large stone church he is cradling that is the focus of attention. Edwin’s legacy is not only the Archbishopric of York, it […]

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It was the summer of 1935 and following the death of the long time owner of the White Lodge, Dame Madge Kendal, the property was on the market. One interested party was no less than the Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V. Princess Mary was perhaps the Royal with the longest association with Filey. Her […]

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It was a kingdom forged in battle and lost in battle. A kingdom that set the template for the modern Anglo-Saxon state. A kingdom that produced the greatest written text of dark age Europe. It was called Northumbria, the lands north of the Humber. In this first part we will travel from dark age beach […]

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