From Rocks and Sands

A trip to Robin Hood’s Bay.
Legend has it that Robin Hood sailed from here to:
1. Defeat sea-rovers or :
2. Become a sea-rover or:
3. Landed here after the Crusades.
Hood is a common enough name among the old fishing families on this, and the Durham coast.

cobles at Bay

On the wall of the Bay Hotel:

The shore is a nature reserve – the inter-tidal is rich in life.


The famous Whitby jet is fossilised Jurassic monkey-puzzle trees. Here are a few bits of jet embedded in sandstone.

Jet in situ

Robin Hood's Bay

Looking into the beck.

The generations that once lived here were strong and brave folk.


From rocks and sands and barren lands,
Kind fortune keep me free,
And from great guns and spiteful tongues,
Good Lord deliver me.
(seen scratched on a piece of narwhal ivory – dated c 1835)

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About Harry Nicholson

I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. I write a few poems and short stories. There is an eBook anthology of them, 'Green Linnet' on Amazon. Also a novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' I've a blog of poems, stories and art at: https://1513fusion.wordpress.com/
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17 Responses to From Rocks and Sands

  1. Mike Patrick says:

    Another fabulous read. I’ve taken so many trips with you, we probably pack the same way.

  2. gospelwriter says:

    Great writeup and pics – the 4th one down (IMG_1121) is just beautiful – looks like it could be a painting…

  3. 1sojournal says:

    Your always manage to educate Harry. Love to see history and the past in your photos. I especially like the one “looking into the beck.”

    Elizabeth
    http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com

  4. ChrisJ says:

    Hi Harry: I’m not sure what is happening with my link. Google switched my email address a few weeks ago — I didn’t want to do so, but they insisted. Here is my blog address flamblogger.blogspot. com Not sure if your comment people will let me post this. Blogger doesn’t let anyone post their actual blog address in their comments. I’ll come back again and see if you’ve got through. Right now my blog has a lot about cats on it. I cover mostly birds, cats, (though I love dogs too), flowers, artwork and any unusual events in my life. Your blog is much more interesting! Love all the info about Whitby, RHB and other Yorkshire places. Especially interested in Caedmon and St. Hilda.Church history is a special interest of mine. I have put the new email address in your box below.

  5. Lovely pictures! Thanks!

  6. Chrisj says:

    Just found you from JABBLOG. I’m an ex- Yorkshire gal from Flamborough many moons a go. If you visit my blog you’ll see how much I miss Flamborough. We lived at the Golf Club (the old one) at the Lighthouse. Loved this piece on Robin Hood’s Bay. Been there many times. Used to go up there over the moors in July when the heather was in bloom. I’ll have to come back soon and read your previous posts.

    • Hello Chris. I tried to go to your blog but the link took me to Historicalfictionexcerpts each time.

      • ChrisJ says:

        Well I think I’m out of my depth here in this mixture of blogland. I have already replied on your blog again and then afterwards saw this ‘Reply’ link on your comment reply. The reference to ‘excerpts from historical fiction’ is interesting. I’m wondering if somewhere it has linked to my book “Robin Lyth’s Tale” which is actually a rewrite and condensation of R.D. Blackmore’s book “Mary Anerley” — a story set in Flamborough in the seventeen hundreds. (Blackmore of “Lorna Doone” fame).

      • The blog it took me was created only the last year or so. But – today your link is working and I’ve visited your Flamborough page.
        I don’t know the Anerley story … maybe when I finish ‘Life and Fate’ (by Grossman) I’ll seek it out.

  7. jabblog uk says:

    The efforts of the lifeboatmen to save the crew of the brig Victory are rightly commemorated. Extraordinary feats of courage, determination and strength.

  8. Susannah says:

    I enjoyed your photos and your interesting facts. šŸ™‚ I never knew that “Whitby jet is fossilised Jurassic monkey-puzzle trees.” and that J. Arthur Rank made his first film there too. Lovely post Harry, thanks for sharing it with I Saw Sunday.

  9. Hazel says:

    The Looking into the beck photo is my fave. I love history, love this post.

  10. earlybird says:

    Lovely meander with you. Thanks, Harry. The ice cream van made me positively nostalgic!

  11. jinksy says:

    Can’t go wrong with beach, sea and history mixed. ā™„

  12. vivinfrance says:

    Missed you lately, Harry. This is a superb post: interesting, erudite and very Harry-ish.

  13. Rinkly Rimes says:

    The little row of cottages is enchanting.

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