The Guilty Party

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

We will continue our little sashay around the UK with a stop in Whitby, a small town on the North Sea famous for three things as far as I can tell. Whitby Abbey (see in all its Black and White glory above), Whitby jet, a semi-precious stone of the deepest black hue that comes from fossilized monkey puzzle tree, and the fact that Bram Stoker chose this location as Dracula's landing point when he comes to England. The Ninety Nine Steps leading up the bluff to the abbey are known to all fans of the Count.

The Abbey House is situated to the south-west of the abbey church. The Cholmley family purchased the abbey and surrounding land around 1540 after ol' King Henry the Eight did that Suppression of the Monasteries thing (you remember, he had a bit of a falling out with the Roman Catholic Church over his perceived need to change out wives on a regular basis and his need to replenish the royal coffers with the riches to be had by taking over Church property throughout the country.) Anyway, the Cholmely's owned the place for almost five hundred years. The statue you see here is called The Whitby Gladiator and is a reproduction of a sculpture Sir Hugh Cholmely had cast as a copy of the Borghese Gladiator. That one disappeared some time in the 18th century. It's pretty darned big so I'm not sure how it could have just wandered away with nobody noticing, but the English Heritage folks decided it was more practical to make a new one rather than go looking for the old one, so in 2009 they hoisted this fellow into place.

We'll do a few more pics from in and around the abbey and then a few I took in Whitby.

Keep yer eyes open! It's a beautiful world!

Till next time.

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I am a writer with a longtime interest in photography. I'm a dad, husband, photographer, and not very good guitarist. My first novel, Boomerang, is available in both paperback and ebook form at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and As a matter of fact, my second novel, The Baer Boys, can be found at exactly the same places.