Abbey : Michelin's recommendations
Founded in 657 by St Hilda, known via the writings of Bede the Venerable, this mixed monastery is supposedly built on the site of a Roman lookout post. In this abbey, the Whitby Synod of 664 took place, which adopted the Roman method of dating Easter, rather than the Celtic method. Here too is where the poet Caedmon "sang of the creation of the world"; according to Bede, he was the first poet to sing in the vernacular. The remains date back to 1220 and 1320, when the abbey was rebuilt after being destroyed by the Danes in 867. The Early English style seen in other northern abbeys is here too. The abbey was one of the last great abbeys to be dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539. Today, all that remains of this once great abbey is the chevet with its early gothic ogival windows, the great choir with Early English style lower side, the left transept and the left wall of the nave, with a door and windows in the Decorated style from the 14C. A part of the main façade also remains, previously preceded by a vast Perpendicular bay. It is possible to see the layout of the monastic buildings despite the almost total absence of remains (the walls of the medieval buildings were reused in the construction of the impressive 17C abbot's house in the south-west).
- Address : East Cliff GB - Whitby YO22 4JTYO22 4JTWhitby
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