Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey


Location: Abbey Lane, North Yorkshire Map

Tel. 01947 603569

Open: Mar- Oct: daily

Nov- Feb: Thu- Mon


History of Whitby Abbey

Ruins of medieval Christian Benedictine Whitby Abbey are located in Abbey Lane, North Yorkshire in Unite Kingdom. The original name of Whitby Abbey, Streoneshalh was thought to come from a name of a Roman settlement of auxiliary forces that grew around Roman Signal Station that once existed here. The monastery was found in 657 AD and at the time was known as Streoneshalh. Much of the funds for construction of the Whitby Abbey came from the Anglo- Saxon king of Northumbria, Oswy (Oswiu). He also appointed the abbess Lady Hilda, niece of Edwin, to rule over the monastery. THe monastery grew in size and wealth so naturally it didn't escape the rage of the Vikings. In 867 Whitby Abbey was attacked and sacked by the invading Viking marauders. They stole all the wealth and razed the monastery to the ground. It was restored in 1078 by Regenfrith or Reinferd, a soldier monk, who was sent here under orders of his patron and protector William de Percy. Like many other monasteries in United Kingdom Whitby Abbey was disestablished in 1538 by the direct order of English king Henry VIII as part of his Reformation campaign. Whitby Abbey was abandoned and parts of the building were used for quarry by the local people.