The Submerged Bells, The Legend Of The Whitby Abbey Bells

Whitby Abbey Ruins

It is now a well-known fact that during his reign Henry VIII sent out groups to destroy abbeys and churches that belonged to the Catholic faith as he built up the Church Of England, one of those abbeys was the famous Whitby Abbey.

But not only did Henry destroy the abbey he even went on to take the bells and planned to take them to London so he could sell the scrap and raise money to fund himself and the royal family. His clear instructions were that the bells would be removed, carried down the 199 steps and taken to a ship that would then transport the bells to London. The people of Whitby were devastated, not only had their beautiful abbey been destroyed but now they were losing the last part of it that remained. They were going to lose the familiar chimes that rung out through the day.

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Whitby Abbey Reconstruction

Some locals cried, some of them got angry but they all grieved as the bells were carried down the steps and they could only just watch on. In their minds they hoped for a storm, but it just impossible on that calm June day… they just begged for something to happen so that their bells were taken away.

And their wish came true, inexplicably the ship sank, and it is said to still be there, just off the Black Nab under the North Sea. Sailors and fishermen have since said that if you sail to Black Nab on a clear night you can still hear the currents ringing the bells.

This article has been taken from the website Whitby Uncovered with the author’s permission. You can view the original article here.

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The Legend Of The Whitby Abbey Bells
The Legend Of The Whitby Abbey Bells
Sam Hawxwell
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Sam is the owner of the Whitby Uncovered blog and a guest author on The Whitby Guide. Sam began delving into the history of Whitby and realised that there are many stories that have yet to be told across the internet. Whitby Uncovered discusses the history and mysteries that have taken place in the small seaside town. Visit her website here

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