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by sandysmith

The vilking plundered the original Abbey in 870 and was rebuilt in the 11th century as a Benedictine Abbey. Whitby Abbey was one of the last to be dissolved -the end finally coming in December 1539 when the site passed to the Cholmley family. Much damaged occurred in the 18th century and a final insult was being shelled by German cruisers patrolling the North Sea in 1914.
The evocative ruins (end wall of the north transept, the northern wall of the chancel, and one section of the east end have survived to almost full height) date mainly from the 13th century renovations and create interesting photos from whichever angle you choose.

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  • Updated Aug 28, 2004
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