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Britain’s Treasures

Overlooking the picturesque town of Whitby and the bracing North Sea, these dramatic ruins have been the setting to one of history’s most enduring horror stories

WHITBY ABBEY

North Yorkshire

GUIDING SIGHT The ruins have helped sailors to navigate for centuries, as they are such a distinctive landmark
ALAMY X1, HISTORIC ENGLAND X1, ENGLISH HERITAGE X3, GETTY X3

BUILDING BLOCKS

Despite the violent dissolutions of other abbeys, Whitby was not abused by the monarchy. It was the Cholmleys that caused the most damage, dismantling the church and reusing the bricks to build their family home.

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