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Whitby Abbey. Ruins. Benedictine abbey in North Yorkshire. Originally founded by king Oswiu in 657 AD. Double monastery of nuns and monks. It was the home of the AS poet Caedmon and, at the Synod of Whitby, king Oswiu established that the Roman Church traditions were to be followed in detriment of the Celtic ones. (the calculation of Easter and the tonsure, among others)