Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire, Site of Central Tower'
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.