Photographer's Note

Image taken looking towards Whitby Abbey through the graveyard of The Church of Saint Mary. The church graveyard is used as a setting in Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula. A part of the Abbey is visible on the right side of the image.

We were too late to gain access to the grounds of Whitby Abbey so missed some of the more classic Abbey photo opportunities.

Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the auspices of Henry VIII. The first monastery was founded in 657 AD by the Anglo-Saxon era King of Northumbria, Oswy (Oswiu) as Streoneshalh (the older name for Whitby). Streoneshalch was laid waste by Danes in successive raids between 867 and 870 under Ingwar and Ubba and remained desolate for more than 200 years.The second monastery lasted until it was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1540. In 1914, Whitby Abbey was shelled by German battlecruisers Von der Tann and Derfflinger who were aiming for the signal post on the end of the headland.

The Church of Saint Mary is an Anglican parish church serving the town of Whitby in North Yorkshire England It was founded around AD 1110.It is situated on the town's east cliff, overlooking the mouth of the River Esk overlooking the town, close to the ruins of Whitby Abbey.

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