Whitby Abbey: A Benedictine monastery founded in England in 657 A.D.
Whitby Abbey was a Benedictine
monastery founded in Yorkshire, England, in 657 C.E. During Henry VIII's Protestant Reformation of England, the monastery was dissolved in
The ruin stands on a high cliff overlooking the chilly North
In 1914, Whitby Abbey was partially destroyed by German
shell fire, during a bombardment of the neighboring seaport.
[Picture and caption circa 1920]
Irish writer Bram Stoker's Dracula was most likely
at least partially inspired by the ruins at Whitby, and
sections of his most famous novel are set in and around
Whitby Abbey (it is where Dracula comes ashore following a
shipwreck). Stoker is known to have traveled to Whitby in
1890, and to there first encounter the name Dracula,
entering it into his notes.