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 thoughts on “Whitby – The Jet Town

  1. renxkyoko June 18, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    That’s so postcard -pretty !

  2. Live Love Be Green June 19, 2013 / 2:31 am

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

    • FreeBird June 19, 2013 / 10:44 am

      I will share some more of this amazing place. It is absolutely amazing place for someone looking to be away from the busy cities. A place to spend time and imagine how it all was through the years.

      Hugs
      Mani

      • FreeBird June 20, 2013 / 8:56 am

        It is indeed is :) .. .Come see it :)

  3. Sofia June 19, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    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

    • FreeBird June 19, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      You will, wishes you make do come true as long as you want them to come true.

      Glad to have that feeling sparked in you :)
      It is just the beginning to the unknown.. This world is so big yet so small :)

      LHK n KHL

      • Sofia June 22, 2013 / 11:49 pm

        :) Yes, it is… :)

      • FreeBird June 22, 2013 / 11:51 pm

        Keep moving, it will keep getting smaller – the magic of life :)

        HHH

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