Whitby Abbey.

sweeny

Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom

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The old Abbey on the Clifftops above Whitby, North Yorkshire

The first monastery on this site was founded in the year 657 by King Oswy of Northumbria. as a Saxon style ‘double monastery’ for men and women, its first ruler was the formidable royal princess Abbess Hild, (St Hilda). Caedmon a cowherd at the Abbey became the first poet in the English language ; and it was here that the future of the English church was decided by the Synod of Whitby in 664, and they also decided on the date that Easter should be celebrated, throughout the Christian world; the relics of Northumbrian kings and saints were enshrined here.
It was while staying at Whitby, and gaining inspiration from the Abbey, and the Churchyard next to it, Bram Stoker started writing his horror novel Dracula in 1897.

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