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Whitby – The Jet Town

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The earliest record of a permanent settlement is in 656, when Streonshal, was the place where Oswy, the Christian king of Northumbria, founded the first abbey, under the abbess, Hilda. The Synod of Whitby was held there in 664. In 867, the monastery was destroyed by Viking raiders, and was re-founded in 1078. It was in this period that the town gained its current name, Whitby, (from “white settlement” in Old Norse). In the following centuries Whitby functioned as a fishing settlement until, in the 18th century, it developed as a port and centre for shipbuilding and whaling, trade in locally mined alum and the manufacture of Whitby jet jewellery.

Whitby : Where you back into the history.

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12 comments on “Whitby – The Jet Town

  1. That’s so postcard -pretty !

  2. It’s always so fascinating to learn how a place began. Your photo shows this locations charm superbly. Simply wonderful!
    -Melissa

  3. I love this picture and the history of this town.
    I love places that have a lot of history and one day I hope I can visit Europe to experience just that.
    Thank you for sharing! :)
    xoxo

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