Whitby Abbey 78
Photographer: Ogle, Thomas
Medium: Photographic print
“One of the most striking objects on the coast of Yorkshire is the ruined abbey of Whitby. From its elevation, and its overlooking the sea-cliffs, it is an object seen far out at sea, and up and down the coast...In Dugdale’s time a great part of the central tower was standing; but the last portion of this fell in 1830, and now lies a heap of grass-grown ruins. But still the main walls of the church, with their triple heights of finely-carved windows, and its richly-clustered columns, remain to delight the eye with their grace and loftiness. Most of these arches are pointed, showing a much more recent origin than the earliest structure of the abbey; but there are still round arches that bear testimony to a much higher antiquity...This monastery is said to have been first erected by St. Hilda, the abbess of Heruten, now Hartlepool, in consequence of a vow made by her, and on ground granted by Oswy, King of Northumberland. This took place in 657.”
Excerpt from “Whitby Abbey”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.