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Whitby Abbey, famous in its own right as a sacred site and for the Synod of 664 which shaped the direction of the western Christian Church, was also the home of Caedmon, the first 'English' poet. His famous Hymn is carved on the stone cross at the top of the famous 199 steps. The cross and the abbey are a shrine for literature lovers and people of all religious persuasions.There is a strong historical literary tradition in the town, which burns as fiercely as ever to this day, with possibly more poets per square metre than any other town in the UK.

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Whitby Abbey
Whitby, on top of a big hill!



Poetry Society 2003
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