The association of Whitby Jet and serpents is over 2000 years old. In 767 when St Hilda founded Whitby Abbey she discovered the headland infested with snakes. We are told she carried out a miracle and casts the serpents over the cliff, turning them to coils of stone on The Scar below. These stone serpents are of course our fossil ammonites. It’s traditional to combine the Whitby Jet with ammonites. Here’s our take on the legend.