• LOCATION 11 | Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites

    Pannett Park

    In the centre of Pannett Park, to your left, you'll find the Whitby Museum and Art Gallery.

    The museum has some pretty interesting trinkets - from local fossils and model ships to Saxon items from Whitby Abbey in the 7th century.

    The exhibition that attracts the most attention however is the Hand of Glory. This is a mummified hand with a creepy backstory.

    The hand was more than a mere collectors item and would be used by burglars around the 18th century.

    First, a burglar needed to cut the right hand from a felon still hanging from the gallows. Then he would pickle it in a unique way to ensure preservation and turn the hand into a kind of candle.

    A burglar would enter a house with the hand and set alight the fingers. This would induce a mystical power that would place all residents of the house into a coma from which they were unable to wake. The burglar would then be able to take whatever he wished without being disrupted by the residents.

    Once the looting had finished the hand would be extinguished and the mystical powers terminated. The only catch was that the hand could not be extinguished with water, but instead required blood...

    There's also a great play area for the kids in the park.

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Essential Whitby: A Guide to the Town’s Legends, Treasures and Main Sites