Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Founded by a Saxon princess, this abbey hosted an important church council and was powerful throughout the Middle Ages. Today, it is an evocative ruin on a windswept cliff overlooking the North Sea.

Timeline

1220

Construction of Whitby Abbey

23 Feb 1954

Whitby Abbey designated a Grade I listed building

National Heritage List for England Data

Whitby Abbey is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

List Entry ID
1316347
Grade
I
Name
WHITBY ABBEY (RUINS)
Location
WHITBY ABBEY (RUINS)
Parish
Whitby
District
Scarborough
County
North Yorkshire
Grid Reference
NZ 90303 11217

  1. 18ll Whitby Abbey (Ruins) NZ 9011 2/1 23.2.54.

    I

    2. Founded by Oswy, king of Northumbria, in about 656, the first abbess being St Hilda. Destroyed by the Danes in circa 870 and refounded for the Benedictines by Reinfrid, one of the soldiers of William the Conqueror. Extensive ruins of the church from early Cl2 to Cl4. See 'Whitby Abbey' by Department of the Environment, AM. NMR.

    Listing NGR: NZ9030811222

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Bibliography

  1. “WHITBY ABBEY (RUINS).” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1316347>