Lastingham is one of the
most fascinating villages in the North York
Moors and holds a unique place in the hearts
of Christians who have been coming here for
centuries. The reason is that the Lindisfarne
monks built a monastery here in 655AD.
Although it was destroyed Abbot Stephen of
Whitby built a crypt to replace it in the 11th
century and had the saint’s bones interred
Remarkably, the crypt – or small church - has withstood the test of time and looks much as it did when it was first constructed. Inside are pieces of ancient crosses.