Monday Windows: Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

The empty and atmospheric windows of Whitby Abbey.

The original monastery was founded in the Anglo-Saxon reign of King Oswy in 657 AD. Work on the ruins still standing, probably began around 1200 AD as a Benedictine monastery, disestablished during the reign of Henry V111, as part of the dissolution of monasteries in 1539 AD. In later years, the haunting ruin was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.

I visited on a moody Yorkshire day, the Abbey perched high on the cliff above Whitby harbour, a graveyard below; the scene was set for swirling mists, howling dogs, black cloaked men and nefarious deeds…

Here are the links to Wikipedia and English Heritage who now run and care for the historic site.

History of the Abbey can also be found at

Note to potential visitors:  Avoid visiting on English Bank holidays, Whitby is popular on the Yorkshire tourist trail and most of the visitors had arrived before me and taken all the parking!


4 comments on “Monday Windows: Whitby Abbey

    • Thanks, Ludwig, I’m just in the process of uploading my rather excessive library to online storage and came across the Whitby photographs.Perfect for the Monday windows post and an interesting background too!

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