Saturday, 2 May 2020

The Church of St Mary, Whitby

Reached by climbing 199 steps and overlooking the harbour and town of Whitby, North Yorkshire, the Church of St Mary is a Grade I listed Anglican Parish Church. Founded on it's current site in 1110 in the shadow of Whitby Abbey, the current oldest parts of the church which include the tower and transepts date from the 12th and 13th centuries. There have been many additions and changes to the church and the interior dates mainly from the 18th Century.

The church forms part of the setting in the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, he had visited Whitby in 1890 and was partly inspired by the town and graveyard at St Mary's, and whilst on a visit to the public library he came across the story of Vlad Tepes, the real life Dracula. In 1897 Stoker published his novel Dracula and the rest is history. People used to regularly search the graveyard for what they called Dracula's grave, in reality the novel is a work of fiction so no grave exists. Some graves used to have a skull and cross bones sculptured, which was thought to indicate it was the grave of a pirate although more likely a mason, 1 of these was the grave people searched for.  A former rector fed up at being asked the whereabouts of the grave at St Mary's used to direct people searching to a cracked tomb in the grounds it's inscriptions weathered away long ago.

St Marys is a set of 11 pictures which can be viewed here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap, they were taken on the 25th August 2018 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

St Mary's Church, Whitby
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Whitby and St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church, Whitby 3

Whitby Abbey from St Mary's Churchyard 1
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