'Site of central tower, Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire, photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

'Site of central tower, Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire, photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire, Site of Central Tower'
England
1852-1854
Albumen print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.50-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A guide to Whitby published in 1850 notes how less than 20 years before major parts of the building were still collapsing into a ruin. The tower, which was 104 feet high, collapsed in 1833. Turner showed the rubble at the site.