This post was most recently updated on February 16th, 2018
Until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Henry VIII’s time the abbeys and priories of England were hives of activity – and often the focal point of a local area.
Many didn’t survive Henry’s wrath – but some carried on, were turned into parish churches or left to turn to (still magnificent) ruin.
Here then is a flavour of these remarkable buildings…
1. Whitby Abbey
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The place that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula…