Whitby Abbey Headland Project Heritage Lottery Funded Work 1998-2004

Author(s): Polydora Baker, Karla Graham, Sarah Paynter, Sarah Jennings, Melanie Daulby, Gill Campbell, Dave Hunter

Plans for the construction of new visitor access to the ruins of Whitby Abbey (SAM 13284) provided the opportunity to greatly increase the understanding of the area and resulted in the important discovery of a well-preserved 17th century garden landscape adjacent to the standing ruin of what was known as the Banqueting House. The results of fieldwork, undertaken with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) contribute evidence for the development and abandonment of these gardens through some 400 years and how they altered and masked the remains of the medieval abbey. The significant pre-conquest occupation of the site was also glimpsed and adds a small but intriguing note to the study of Anglian monasticism. Allied research excavations at Whitby Abbey have expanded our knowledge of this period this to a much greater degree.

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