In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hob Holes like this:
HOBHOLE, a cave in Runswick bay, N. R. Yorkshire; 6 miles NW of Whitby. It measures 70 feet by 20; occurs in lias shale, overlain by ironstone; was formed by the eroding action of the sea waves upon the shale; is accessible at low water, and presents interesting features; and was formerly famous, in popular superstition, for the imagined presence of a spirit to whom mothers brought infants to be cured of hooping cough.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hob Holes, in Scarborough and North Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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