Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire


Something beautiful from out NotestoPonder‘s neck of the woods in the York countryside. It should be noted for the my Goth friends, that these are the abbey ruins that inspired the Bram Stoker to write the scene of Dracula’s arrival from Transylvania. Though I find them lovely for more than a spooky aesthetic.

WHITBY-ABBEY, YORKSHIRE.
Engraving by J. Walker, 1798.
From an original drawing by William Tayleure.

Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the auspices of Henry VIII… The first monastery was founded in 657 AD by the Anglo-Saxon era King of Northumbria, Oswy (Oswiu) as Streoneshalh (the older name for Whitby)… The name Streoneshalh is thought to signify Fort Bay or Tower Bay in reference to a supposed Roman settlement that previously existed on the site. This contention has never been proven though and alternative theories have been proposed, such as the name meaning Streona’s settlement…

Learn more about these beautiful ruins at Whitby Abbey on Wikipedia

Whitby Abbey at Sunrise, 2004-10-25. Gordon Ball, ©2004. Whitby Archives Heritage Center, http://www.whitbyonline.co.uk/
Abbey Ruins: Storm brewing in the east. Andrew Gallant, ©2004. Whitby Archives Heritage Center, http://www.whitbyonline.co.uk/

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