Monday, February 8, 2010

From the third floor

Another classic view except that this one was taken from the third floor of what used to be a bakery,  tea-rooms and dance hall. It's in Skinner Street and has been the home of Whitby Evangelical Church for about 25 years. Another rare grey day, he said …


  1. I just want to paint it. And I haven't painted in a very long time. :-)

  2. Really such a charming town. But it seems that you can't escape the abbey ruins. One of these days, you'll have to tell us its story.

  3. Well, it's a small town with a population of only 15,000. As the abbey is set on the cliff, it is difficult to avoid. It's origin goes back before Saint Hilda, a woman of royal connections who became the prioress of this mixed community in the 7th century. She moved down from further north to take on this responsibility. The ruins you see here date from much later, from the 13th century.

    I understand you wanting to paint it Renée. When we moved to Whitby I used to walk up the 199 steps to work as a guide in the church next to the abbey and think, "Wow! Do I really live here?"