New church discovered in Abbey grounds

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A 1300-year-old chapel has this morning been discovered within the grounds of Whitby Abbey.

Archaeologists working at Whitby have identified the building at the centre of an ancient graveyard which features around 300 graves.

The location iin the grounds of Whitby Abbey where evidence of an Anglo-Saxon chapel have been uncovered today''w141503

The location iin the grounds of Whitby Abbey where evidence of an Anglo-Saxon chapel have been uncovered today''w141503

The small sandstone chapel measures just 10m by 5m and was previously unknown to historians.

Diggers working on the site 15 years ago managed to uncover some of the stones, but did not realise they had an entirely new building until today.

An archaeological dig that is underway is the final part of a 20 year project to discover some of the Abbey’s secrets.

The Anglo-Saxon monastery on the Abbey site was founded in 657 and the chapel is believed to originate from these earliest times.

See this week’s Whitby Gazette for more details