Canon 40D
18-200 Lens
English Heritage
Set on a headland high over the popular seaside town,
St. Mary’s is a delightful hodge-podge of many eras. The oldest parts, primarily the tower and basic structure, are Norman and date from around 1110.

The church has never been entirely stripped or rebuilt, but various extensions, modifications and furnishings were added over the centuries. The interior is mostly 18th-century and contains one of the most complete sets of pre-Victorian furnishings in England.

From 1890 to 1896, Whitby was the home of Bram Stoker, who set an important scene in Dracula (1897) at the church:

For a moment or two I could see nothing, as the shadow of a cloud obscured St. Mary’s Church. Then as the cloud passed I could see the ruins of the Abbey coming into view; and as the edge of a narrow band of light as sharp as a sword-cut moved along, the church and churchyard became gradually visible… It seemed to me as though something dark stood behind the seat where the white figure shone, and bent over it. What it was, whether man or beast, I could not


abbey, whitby, church, ruin s, grave s, yorkshire, coast line, dracula, black white


  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture and scene.

  • thank you so much Bunny,

    – Elaine123

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntabout 3 years ago

  • thank you for this features I am so happy it as been featured

    – Elaine123

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature 01/07/11

  • wow Dave thank you so much for this feature x

    – Elaine123

  • Wendy-Wilton
    Wendy-Wiltonabout 3 years ago

    Love the sky, works well in Black and white. Congrats on the feature

  • thank you Wendy

    – Elaine123

  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Briceabout 3 years ago

    A great photo Elaine and B&W really suits it really well.

  • thank you Jenny, it gives it that spooky look, I think :)

    – Elaine123

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 3 years ago

  • wow thank you so much a nice surprise to wake up to xx

    – Elaine123

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Wonderfully crafted image, congratulations on your features!

  • Thank you so much Glenn

    – Elaine123

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...about 3 years ago

    Congratulations, great Capture!!!!!

  • Thank you so much x

    – Elaine123

  • Tamara  Kaylor
    Tamara Kaylorabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot Elaine ; )

  • Thank you Tamara :-)

    – Elaine123

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