Silent Sunday…. So Off to Church


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.



11th February

(C) David Oakes 2018


14 thoughts on “Silent Sunday…. So Off to Church

  1. These are wonderful David—I especially liked the final shot. I found myself so frustrated by tourists while trying to shoot masterpieces like this one in Scotland. Looks like you’ve beat the crowd for these!

      • Been here as well. Even then there were quite a lot of tourists. I made slides in tose days and these are all gone. They were stored in a carton box and got wet…. As for photos and tourists… I received from a friend a series of StoneHenge almost none has people in it. But it did take him several hours. So maybe it’s a matter of being extra patient and willing to take the extra time for a good shot?
        As for abbys and churches and castles alike… considering their size they all awe me greatly. Nowadays nothing seems to be possible without heavy machinery while in tos days they took the time and did it mostly by hand. It’s the same feeling I get when I walk into the basilica of Saint Bavo in Haarlem, or the Saint John in Den Bosch (South of the country), of the wonderful buildings in Belgium and Germany that I visited like the Dom church in Cologne. It’s also the peacefull feeling inside that surprise me again and again, no matter how many tourists are in there. 🙂

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