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‘Stop asking where Dracula’s grave is’: Yorkshire church asks tourists

by Premier Journalist

A church in North Yorkshire is pleading eager tourists to deter from asking about the vampire’s grave.

Church leaders at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, have put up a poster in the entrance door which reads: "Please do not ask staff where Dracula's grave is as there isn't one. Thank you."

British author Kevin Meagher took a picture of the sign and posted it on Twitter saying: “Posted without a hint of irony on the door of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, adjacent to Whitby Abbey.”

Whitby receives many tourists looking to see the town in which Bram Stoker found inspiration to write the novel in 1897.

It is understood that it was in Whitby’s library that Stoker came across the name ‘Dracula’, a nickname for ‘Vlad the Impaler’ a Rumanian ruler.

St Mary the Virgin is located next to the Whitby Abbey and holds a cemetery ground mentioned in the book prompting many tourists to ask for the exact location of Dracula’s grave, forgetting Dracula never existed.

The grave that can be found, however, is that of a man named Swales who is also mentioned in the book.

 

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