Whitby Abbey

As you’ll know from the previous post, we spent a couple of days in Whitby over the weekend.

The main tourist attraction in the town is the ruined Benedictine Abbey which dominates the east cliff overlooking the harbour. There has been a working abbey on this site for approximately 900 years from 657AD through to the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII in the sixteenth century. It is without question one of the most important Christian sites in the country.

You’ve probably gathered from the shots above, that weather conditions on the day weren’t exactly favourable. In fact that’s a bit of an understatement…..it was freezing!

A biting wind whipped-off the North Sea and drove squally rain showers across the exposed headland of Whitby’s east cliff. Liz and I spent most of our time trying desperately to keep the rain off the front of our lenses or huddled in a semi-sheltered spot amongst the abbey ruins.

As a result I think the photos have suffered somewhat…..but I did my best under some pretty trying conditions.

Ā© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

9 Responses to “Whitby Abbey”

  1. Chillbrook

    I love the colours and textures in these Mark and the black and whites are very dramatic. Excellent! šŸ™‚


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