Saturday, July 6, 2013

Wonderful Whitby

War Memorial "Lest We Forget"


Siggy's was having their 30 year celebration that day!

Fish and Chips from Siggy's



Bridge opens for larger and taller ships





There are 199 steps to climb up to St. Mary's Church and graveyard and Whitby Abbey.

Henry Freeman, sole survivor of the 1861 Lifeboat disaster off the Whitby west pier. 
It was his first mission (age 20) and he was the only member of the crew  wearing the newly developed cork flotation jacket.  The other crew members couldn't be bothered to wear this itchy life jacket. This picture was taken years later.

St. Mary's Church
Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey is one of the most atmospheric locations in England. The desolate ruins stand stark above steep cliffs overlooking the old whaling village of Whitby in North Yorkshire, a testament to the town's former religious significance.
The abbey was founded in 651AD, and was the site of the Synod of Whitby in 664, when a vote was held to decide if the church should adopt the Celtic or Roman date for Easter. The vote favoured the Roman date and this led to a decline in Celtic Christianity. The abbey's influence decreased in the 9th century, and it was destroyed and looted in the bloody Viking raid of 867AD. In the late 11th Century a Norman knight came to Whitby and was inspired to rebuild the abbey, which continued as a place of monastic life until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. Tradition holds that Henry's men had the abbey bells loaded onto a ship, which sank - in heavenly retribution - not long after it had left the shore. In bygone years young lovers would listen for the sound of the bells in the depths, as this was thought to be a fortunate omen for their future.


Captain James Cook Museum and home


Captain Cook's Museum from the water side
Captain James Cook Memorial on the hill

Small replica of Captain James Cook's the Endeavour

We took a fun boat ride into the North Sea

Rocks look like an alligator

Rocks look like a whale

The bridge opens up to let the said boats and taller boats through

Robin Hood's Bay

In 2000 this cement sculpture was created

Moor lands of England

Driving through the Moor lands to get to Scarborough

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