The imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey stand on a high headland projecting into the North Sea. A monastery was first established at Whitby in AD 657 by Oswy, King of Northumbria. It became one of the most important religious centres in the Anglo-Saxon world, under rule of St. Hild. In the ninth century the monastery was abandoned, possibly as the result of Viking raids. But after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a new community was established on the site by a Benedictine monk called Reinfrid. This foundation eventually grew into a ...

Whitby Abbey 2003, English Heritage, Swindon

ISBN-13: 9781850747871