Whitby Abbey

After my last B&W photos I was inspired to get more and my next trip took me to Whitby Abbey where I amongst other things learned that the first monastery was founded in 657 AD and destroyed by Danes in several raids between 867 and 870, after that it was left untouched for more than 200 years before it was given to William de Percy to start a new monastery.
Second time it was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1540 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and was since mined for stones and today it belongs to English Heritage.

Whitby and the Abbey is also had a big influence on Bram Stoker, after staying in Whitby in 1890 he seven years later wrote Dracula and the town and it’s churches is featured heavily in the novel.

The ruins of Whitby Abbey lies high on a ridge and can be seen from afar and is still today used as navigation marker by the shipping in the North Sea.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

It's all a conspiracy

It’s all a conspiracy

Robin Hood Bay

Robin Hood Bay

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Cross

Cross

St Mary's Church

St Mary’s Church

Whitby Habor

Whitby Habor

Cross overlooking Robin Hood Bay

Cross overlooking Robin Hood Bay

Horses with St Mary's Church

Horses with St Mary’s Church

As always I would love to hear any comments and questions from you

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A Dane on Adventures, All-round lover of the great outdoors, passionate about coffee, travel & photography. Currently on a mission against cancer. Follow me on my blog brixpoul.wordpress.com or twitter.com/brixpoul and please take time to say hi :)
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16 Responses to Whitby Abbey

  1. Paula says:

    I can understand how it could inspire the Dracula’s writer :) A very inspiring series of photos too :)

  2. Thanks for sharing! Interesting to hear the connection between Whitby Abbey and Bram Stoker. The church and the tombstones must have been the perfect backdrop while writing Dracula. The pictures have the right creepy feeling too – can almost hear the bats flying around :-)

    • brixpoul says:

      Thanks, it really is a stunning setting and I hope to go back on a warm summers day.
      I’m glad you liked them, I’m pretty sure any bats on this day would have been very cold though ;-)

  3. dhanimisha says:

    There ya go, a Dane tries to invade the Abbey again, but this time fails to gain entry… and is forced to retreat to get lunch in Whitby. :-)

  4. Well, we Danes have a lot to answer for. Thanks for a great story and evocative photos.

  5. brettyarr says:

    Great images – thanks for sharing!

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