Located near the southern tip of Cornwall.
A Benedictine priory c. 1044, it later
became a fort. Finally, to defend against
French pirates, a castle was built
200 feet above sea level. Legend has
it that St. Michaels was built by the
Arch Angel Gabriel.
Situated in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Hambleton
Hills, Byland Abbey has some of the earliest recorded
ghost stories in Britain. One of the Monks there wrote
12 short ghost stories in Latin around the year 1400.
The abbey was pillaged by an invading Scottish
force in 1322.
book, in which Dracula came ashore for
the first time. As Whitby is next to
the shore and often shrouded in
mist and fog, this seems a fitting
setting. Seen here as the fog rolls in.
in the 1070's. The abbey was dissolved by Henry the
VIII in 1539 and its stone used to build a nearby
house: the church may have been left
alone because it was an important
landmark for passing ships.