Tintern Abbey, the inspiration for the Tintagel Line

by | Nov 18, 2016 | Blog Post | 0 comments

A J.M.W. Turner light effect, 1828

Tintern Abbey was founded on May 9, 1131 by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow. The Cistercian Abbey grew over its 400 year history. The Decorated Gothic church was built on a cruciform plan, a common design back in the day. The stone used to build the structure waved from grey to purple.

National Library of Wales

During the reign of Henry VIII, the Abbey was dissolved and the land and buildings given to the current Lord of Chepstow. Over the centuries, the once vaulted stone church fell into ruin. Such romantic ruins they are and have inspired poets, painters, and Allen Ginsburg who dropped acid there in the 60s.

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