Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tintern


    These are recent pictures of Tintern Abbey, or Abati  Tyndyrn, as the Welsh language has it.   The abbey was founded on the 9th of May 1131.  It was to be the first Cistercian abbey in Wales.  In 1136 building began in earnest, and building continued for the next four hundred years. 


     When Henry the Eighth dissolved the monasteries four hundred an eighty odd years ago, Tintern was taken from the Cistercians and give to an A-hole, called  Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester, who took the lead off the roof and made a pretty pile of money by doing so.


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