The picturesque village of Whitby is positioned alongside the river as it flows into the sea. The historic ruins of Whitby Abbey are perched on a hilltop high above the town. In 663, the Synod of Whitby was held here, at which the dates for Easter were set, as still observed to this day.

ANOTHER TID-BIT: Founded in 656, the abbey was originally part of the Celtic church movement, which was spearheaded in England by Saint Aidan and governed by reference to the Bible more so than Papal authority. But at the Synod of Whitby, Roman Catholic leaders effectively suppressed the autonomy of the Celtic church, leading to a predominantly Catholic England for succeeding centuries and confining the Celtic church movement to Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

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