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My graphite pencil drawing of the ruins of Whitby Abbey (founded in the 7th Century) in Yorkshire, England,

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Set high on a North Yorkshire clifftop, its remains overlook a picturesque town and harbour with associations ranging from Victorian jewellery and whaling to Count Dracula. The abbey is today a gaunt and moving ruin and those who choose to approach it up the 199 steps from Whitby town also know the meaning of dedication.

A reconstruction of what the nave would have looked like in 1500
Image copyright English Heritage

St Hilda brought monks and nuns, including the poet Caedmon, to found a religious house on the coastal headland in 657. Because of her reputation, the Synod of 664 was held there and the two branches of early English Christianity, the Celtic and Roman churches, buried many differences in practice and doctrine.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Dennis.

  • Thank you Andrea :)
    When I first saw this Abbey it was on a family holiday to Whitby, when I was very young and I remember then how in awe I was.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Carol :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Peter Allton
    Peter Alltonalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic detail.Well done.

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Blended
    Blendedalmost 4 years ago

    in Hand Painted or Drawn Buildings and Architecture

  • Many, many thanks for featuring my ‘Whitby Abbey’:)
    It is very much appreciated.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Dennis! Splendid detail and a steady hand indeed. ~ Sam

  • Thank you Sam :)
    It took longer to draw this abbey than anything else that I have ever drawn and I had perspective guide lines everywhere and drew every brick individually :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent work, Dennis!

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 4 years ago


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  • Many thanks Irene :)
    It is really wonderful when one of my drawings is featured.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Dennis! Congratulations! Lovely detail! :o)

  • Thank you very much Marilyn :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplarover 3 years ago

    Wonderful piece!

  • Many thanks :)
    Your comments are appreciated.

    – Dennis Melling

  • TSykes
    TSykesover 3 years ago

    Very cool art work….

  • Many thanks :)


    – Dennis Melling

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