St Mary's Church, The Abbey and The Abbey Hotel Tintern - April 2017 (pic heavy)

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Bit of a spur of the moment one this, I stopped off here on the evening before i visited the coke works, i have decided to put all 3 locations in to one report as they are all connected and close to each other. Just as i got to the top of the hill for the church i realised i was missing my tripod, so had to shoot the church and hotel hand held, think i just about got away with it. Sadly the hotel has seen better days. I went back for it for the night shots of the Abbey as some exposures were up to 3 mins long and my hands aren't that steady.



St Mary's Church

St Mary’s church dates back well into medieval times. It stands on the site of a medieval chapel that was built as a retreat for the monks of Tintern Abbey. It was virtually rebuilt in 1866-1868 and remained to be a parish church until 1972. Now there are stories about witchcraft, black magic and satanic rituals causing its destruction, but truth be known, it was no more than a tragic accident. The church was destroyed by fire in 1977.

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The tomb was originally believed to be that of Robert Thompson (1757-1821) who married into the Crawshay dynasty, in Merthyr Tydfil in 1790 and his wife Elizabeth who was the sister of Richard Crawshay. Elizabeth and Robert, who was also High Sheriff of Monmouthshire in 1817 and held the lease for the Tintern wireworks, were both buried at St Mary’s Churchyard. However, after extensive research and an examination of the eroded inscription on the cast plates the tomb is believed to belong to Richard White, a wealthy ironworks leaseholder who died in 1765.
The sarcophagus tomb is special because it is one of the earliest monuments to be listed and protected

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The Abbey at Night

Tintern Abbey was originally founded by Cistercian monks in 1131 AD. in the reign of Henry I. Between 1270 and 1301 the Abbey was rebuilt and by the end of the rebuilding, around four hundred monks lived in the complex. The Black Death arrived in 1349 and affected Abbey life badly but it continued to operate until 1536. In that year the Abbey was part of the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Within a few years the lead was stripped from the roof and the building began to decay. The Abbey then became a source of building stone and only in the eighteenth century was any interest shown in the ruin. Around 1760 the site was cleaned up and visitors to the Wye Valley began to be entranced with the beauty of the site and surroundings.

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The Abbey Hotel

Parts of the The Abbey Hotel former Beaufort Arms Hotel date back to 1206 when it was inside the original precinct wall of the Abbey (owned by the Duke of Beaufort before Crown ownership from 1901). The earliest trade directory in which it was listed as a hotel was 1835, when it was known as the Beaufort Arms Hotel. The landlord at that time was for many years recorded as being the key holder and official guide to the Abbey. In 2002 the hotel was completely refurbished and renamed the Abbey Hotel.

The hotel appears to retain at least one early structure of probable medieval date, the northernmost of the two linear east-west aligned ranges depicted on the First Edition OS map of 1881.

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The view of the Abbey from one of the upstairs bedroom windows

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thanks for looking:D
 
I liked this set from the first shot, great piece of photography, Thanks
PS,
Try a pistol grip if you feel you need to but the pics were fine
 
Love the way the moss has been walked away and revealed the tiles in the first church and stunning night shots with them impressive arches, caught some fab shadows too:congratulatory:

Ive paid to stay in worse places than that hotel...great reports jsp!
 
wow the abbey looks amazing I would love to go there at night be don't know if the access is any good (wheelchair)
 
wow the abbey looks amazing I would love to go there at night be don't know if the access is any good (wheelchair)

According to this page the majority is wheelchair accessible with disabled parking and toilet.

Tintern Abbey

It's only open to the public during the day though, access at night is an entirely different matter.
 
thanks krela I wonder if there is a security fence but I will take a look at the site thanks :stung:
 
OOOH like that!!!
Really like the Abbey photos not sure I like the look of your hotel though
lol
 
Went to St Mary’s Church and The Abbey Hotel last year, 2016, gotta say The Abbey Hotel has gone downhill since then but it was a good explore
 
Beautiful site! Cant believe the original floor tiles are still there.
 
Beautiful site! Cant believe the original floor tiles are still there.

They are not, if you are alluding to the original Medieval building - What you see are the very common (found on nearly every Victorian kitchen and scullery floor), red and black floor tiles from the 1866 rebuild. They are still in situ I suspect; because why go to the trouble of lifting that floor, when any reclamation yard will be able to sell you acres of nice clean ones!
 

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