Tintern Abbey, England, c.1865

‘Tintern Abbey – looking S.W. from the N.E – corner of Chancel’

c.1865

tintern abbey

Founded in the 1130s, Tintern Abbey lies in the beautiful Wye Valley, Monmouthshire. The Cistercian abbey buildings were dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536. The monks were evicted, the lead was stripped from the roof and the building became a ruin. Wordsworth visited in 1793 and later wrote one of his most famous poems inspired by the bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang.

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