Saturday December 29th 2012
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.