Whitby Abbey

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    Easter Sunday.

    Rob, his mum and dad (Sue and Steve), and their 2 doggies (Misty and Jinty) and I went to Whitby on Easter Sunday. It was a lovely day with blue skies and white fluffy clouds!
    We visited Whitby Abbey and ate fish and chips on the sea front.

    Rob's parents bought me some "mint Chocolate" fudge from one of the little local shops, it was soo good!

    Whitby Abbey: A History:
    Perched dramatically on the cliff top, Whitby Abbey is a magnificent reminder of the early church’s power and dedication. It contained the shrine to the abbey’s founder, St Hilda (Hild during her lifetime), who died in AD680 and symbolised the continuing Christian tradition in the north. The abbey’s gaunt and moving remains have associations as diverse as Victorian jewellery, whaling and Count Dracula.

    The abbey was founded in AD657 on the site of what may previously have been a Roman signal station. The Synod of AD664 was held here – the two branches of early English Christianity, the Celtic and Roman churches, debating the matter that divided them most: the dating of Easter. The Synod decided in favour of the Roman tradition – a turning point that has repercussions into modern times.

    Whitby Abbey was destroyed during a Viking invasion in AD867, but one of William the Conqueror’s knights revived it in the late 1070s. By 1220, his Norman church proved inadequate for the many pilgrims who visited it and so rebuilding began. After its dissolution in 1538, Whitby Abbey passed to the Cholmley family, who proceeded to build a mansion largely out of materials plundered from the monastery. Parts of this building have been incorporated into the 19th-century Abbey House.

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    1. shawdm 108 months ago | reply

      Nice picture, i like how the front and back of the pond are really still, but the middle bit has little waves on.

    2. Navelfluff 108 months ago | reply

      lovely landscape. wish the red roof wouldn't be there-

    3. Lorirules [deleted] 108 months ago | reply

      Oh, Hannan, this is just gorgeous. You've had some really nice pictures lately.

    4. Caroline, Kelly, Connor & Jesse 108 months ago | reply

      Great sense of scale! Beautifully captured.


    5. j_jyarbrough 108 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot!

      tag3 tagged out!

    6. Matt Champlin 108 months ago | reply

      looks like a cool place!

    7. neloqua 108 months ago | reply

      Beautiful postcard!

    8. Photo Patty 108 months ago | reply

      Nice shot and great info.

    9. S h e l l y 108 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful! Sounds like a wonderful Easter.

    10. Scuzzi 108 months ago | reply

      what a beautiful scene!

    11. CharlesUibel 89 months ago | reply

      now that is cool

    12. Plymography Down Under! 88 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called British Landmarks, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    13. LeszekZadlo 80 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 100 + Viewed Best Archaeology, Old Art & Ruins (add 1, award 1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. Ina Centaur 74 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called English Monasteries, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. BenJoseph_ 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Blue Sky Britain, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. Tidalist 68 months ago | reply

      a favourite building of mine and a lovely shot!

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