It is a popular belief that King Richard III stayed here at Sandside House during the summer of 1484.
After he was crowned in 1483, King Richard III made a northern tour. He arrived in Scarborough on May 22nd 1484 and visited again from June 30th to July 11th. The purpose of his visit was to assemble a fleet to defend against the expected invasion of Henry Tudor, later Henry VII. It is reputed that King Richard III stayed in the house named after him on the foreshore during the summer of 1484. He might well have found this location beside the harbour and providing easy access to his ships more convenient than the castle. Nevertheless, he did stay for a time at Scarborough Castle because writs, warrants and other documents were sealed by him on May 22nd and July 5th, reportedly ‘given at the castle of Scardeburgh’. He was the last monarch to reside at the castle. However, further royal orders issued after 5th July were ‘given at Scardeburgh’ (without further mention of the castle) so it is possible that Richard did stay in the fifteenth century Sandside house for a few days. There is however no conclusive evidence to confirm this.