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History and teachings
Founded in 657 AD by a saxon king of Northumbria, built on the east cliff overlooking the Esk and town of Whitby, was the site of the Synod of Whitby, at which the church was reconciled to Rome and therefore observed the monastic tonsure according to the customs of Rome.
Whitby Abbey has an extensive history and is one of the remaining historic monuments to signify the introduction of Christianity to the United Kingdom. In 664 Whitby hosted a landmark meeting, known as a synod, to decide the date of Easter. It was decided that between Celtic and Roman tradition, the Roman side should prevail, and the Pope’s authority was gradually established over the Church in the British Isles. This was crucial in determining the direction of the English church. it is apparent that Roman religious tradition has impacted and influenced European culture throughout history in the UK.
Recommended for anybody. General. No prior knowledge needed. Easily accessible (pay for parking).
Abbey Lane, Whitby. 7 minute walk from nearest bus station, 12 minute walk from nearest train station / provides parking. Wheelchair loan, audio tours, tour transcripts, uneven ground.