OREALD.COM - An Old Electronic Library
eng: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

ARCH BY ARCH WHITBY ABBEY CRUMBLES AND FALLS BEFORE THE HUNGRY NORTH SEA GALES

ARCH BY ARCH WHITBY ABBEY CRUMBLES AND FALLS BEFORE THE HUNGRY NORTH SEA GALES

The river Esk, with Whitby at its mouth, cuts a way to the sea between two heights. On one hand is the old port and the new seaside town: on the other, lonely and splendid, stands the Abbey. Town and Abbey have always been thus aloof from each other. S. Hilda made the first religious foundation on the bleak cliff in 657 and this became an early home of English scholarship. The Danes sacked it in 867 and a Benedictine house took its place. Since the Dissolution it has itself dissolved gradually under centuries of exposure.

Other pictures from The Ruined Abbeys of England


NORMAN ARCHES OF HAUGHMOND'S TWELFTH CENTURY CHAPTER HOUSE

ABBEY GROUNDS AT BURY ST. EDMUNDS USED AS A PUBLIC PARK AND THE RUINS AS A PRIVATE HOUSE

Home | Privacy Policy | Copyright | About