Abbey Ruins, Whitby, North YorkshireRomantic ruins of the Benedictine Abbey at Whitby, North Yorkshire. The original abbey was founded in the seventh century. It was destroyed by Viking raiders, and rebuilt after the Norman Conquest. It was destroyed again in 1540 by Henry’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. The roof of the nave was removed to obtain precious lead, exposing the church and the remaining buildings to erosion by wind and rain.purchase print from fine art americaThis image is copyright and may not be used without specific authorization. Permission is explicitly denied for Pinterest.