The title of this linked article sounds sensational, but it could happen. Coffins dropping onto houses below the cliff overlooking Whitby Harbor. Actually it has ALREADY happened. Not coffins, as most of the wooden caskets interred in the centuries-old graveyard have long-since rotted away. But bones. Pieces of skeletons. Take a look at the photograph and it’s easy to understand what’s going on. They put up houses right at the base of the cliff, and the graveyard of St. Mary’s Church there on top once extended right to the cliff’s cusp. As the cliff erodes, the bones trapped in that dirt are falling on the roofs of the homes below. I’ve reported on this before, but England has been getting an unusually heavy amount of rain lately, and Whitby is experiencing drainage issues, so the problem has only worsened.
Vampire aficionados will remember that Whitby Harbor is the location where, in the novel, Count Dracula first comes ashore in England, and that he seeks refuge in one of those graves in St. Mary’s churchyard. For that reason, if I were living in one of those houses, provided that no fresh parts came tumbling down, just old bones, and provided that no rocks or clumps of dirt large enough or water heavy enough to break through the roof or cause structural damage fell on my house, I’d be perfectly okay with finding the occasional femur in my yard. It would just seem appropriate to me, part of the charm of living there.