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  Whitby Abbey
by margaretvn

I think that Whitby is a lovely seaside town and it has a long history, which actually dates back to the 7th century. It was then that a Saxon monastery was founded on the site of todays 13th century abbey ruins. in its history Whitby has been a shipbuilding centre, an industrial port and a whaling centre. of course Whitby has connections with Captian James Cook (1728-79). he was an apprentice with a Whitby shipping firm. Whitby Abbey stands high above the town. It is a steep climb of steps up to it but it is worth it. Abbess Hilda founded a monastery here in 657 for men and women. It was sacked by the Vikings in 870. It was rebuilt at the end of the 11th century and todays ruins actually date from the rebuilding in the 13th century. On the path of the Abbeys graveyard on the clifftop is the cross of Caedmon. He was an illiterate labourer who worked at the abbey in the 7th century. He had a vision which inspired him - he composed cantos of Anglo- Saxon verse which is still used.
The little narrow streets are fun to wander through and there are some nice little shops and good palces to eat and drink.
The only problem with Whitby is that parking can be a problem especially in the summer months.

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  • Updated Jun 27, 2004
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