West Door, Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire
These magnificent ruins stand proud on the headland towering above the Fishing Village of Whitby. Founded in 657AD by Hild of Whitby a Christian Saint and credited with advancing the cause of Christianity across Yorkshire and surrounds. Why here in such an exposed location, well maybe as this was earlier in time a Roman Site had something to do with it.
Whitby Abbey was originally a Christian Monastery but late became a Benedictine Abbey. Like so many religious establishments Whitby did not escape the destructions caused by King Henry VIII and his Dissolution of the Monasteries policies.
Despite only these dramatic ruins remaining, a visit still overpowers you with its size and detailed architecture. It is a place to ponder on the skills of the builders, the rich colours of the stone, the resilience of the Brethren who once lived here and the cruel eviction in the Dissolutions. You can still enjoy peace and tranquillity that exist today despite being one of Yorkshire most visited Tourist attractions. No tour of Yorkshire is complete without a visit.
(C) David Oakes 2018