Whitby Abbey – Gaunt Remains Testament to Days of Yore in Northumberland England
Perched high on a cliff, the gaunt remains of this once magnificent abbey stand high above the picturesque seaside town of Whitby located on the North Sea. The first Saxon abbey, built in 657 by the St Hilda, a princess of the Northumbrian royal house, was destroyed during a Viking invasion in 867. The second, commissioned by William the Conqueror in the late 1070s as a Norman church, was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. The site then passed to the Cholmley family, who built a mansion largely out of materials plundered from the monastery. The remaining walls continue to be used by shipping as a navigation marker to the current day.
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