Robin Hood’s Bay

I’ve just emptied my camera after a busy Summer. Here are some pics, close to home, of Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire:

sep 2014 029Taken from the Beast Cliff at Ravenscar. The village of Bay is under the far end. Note the concentric rings of Jurassic rocks on the shore – a sequence of marine shales uplifted into a dome and then weathered away. The tidal zone is a marine nature reserve.

The name? Robin Hood might have landed here after the Crusades, or he may have sailed from here to defeat pirates – or this may have been  his pirate base. Hood used to be a local name here, and at Hartlepool (up the coast a way).



sep 2014 006

My wife’s ancestors fished out of the Bay from 1730 to 1800.

sep 2014 014

John Wesley trod these yards, garths and ginnels on his way to give rousing open-air sermons.

sep 2014 019

sep 2014 013Smuggling was rife in the old days. The dwellings are so ‘cheek by jowl’ that a bolt of silk and a cask of claret could be slipped into a house on the shore, passed through a wardrobe into the next house, and then into the next until they had been through a hundred houses. They did not see the light of day until they emerged from a house at the top of the cliff. Meanwhile the customs officers would rush around the streets and yards, full of futile suspicion.

sep 2014 022


About Harry Nicholson

I once bred Beveren rabbits in all colours. Today, I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. On Amazon is my 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.' Recently I published memoirs of my time in the Merchant Navy: 'The Best of Days' and 'You'll See Wonders" I've a blog of poems, stories and art at:
This entry was posted in blog and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Robin Hood’s Bay

  1. chrisj says:

    Wonderful photos and memories. I still read your blog though I’ve given up hopes of returning to Flamborough these days. Health problems and the endless hassles of flying.

  2. lumiscatter says:

    Hi Harry, how lovely to stumble across your blog! I frequented Firm but Fair for a bit, but haven’t written any fiction for a while now. I’m looking forward to having a good look around! x

  3. Ina says:

    That lovely part of the world… I would love to go back there!

  4. Love the smuggling story. – and the pictures.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s