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RING OF HOOK, Hook Peninsula, County Wexford
61g. Tintern Abbey, Saltmills
Tintern Abbey, Co. Wexford, is the sister to Tintern Abbey in Wales, and a Cistercian Abbey founded around 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, Lord of Leinster. The initial Cistercian monks came from the sister Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales. The substantial and partially restored ruin consists of the nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters in 1541 in the aftermath of the Dissolution of the Monasteries and subsequent further developments. The Abbey was actually occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until the 20th century - the 1960s in fact!
Tintern Abbey: The beautiful setting of Tintern Abbey by Tintern Stream
Tintern Abbey: View from the north-west: the buttressed chancel, the tower and the arches of the nave.
Tintern Abbey: The exterior north walls of the chancel and tower. The pointed arch would have been where the north transept was.
Tintern Abbey: The tourist entrance to the abbey.
Tintern Abbey: One of the added 18th century castellated towers.
Tintern Abbey: The nave, tower and Lady Chapel beyond where the south transept would have been, just the 'ghost' of a large pointed arch is left in the south lower half of the tower wall.
Tintern Abbey: The Lady Chapel and the Chancel. The fine battlemented walls around the abbey were built by Sir Vesey Colclough in the 18th century.
Tintern Abbey: Nave, tower and Lady Chapel.
Tintern Abbey: View of Tintern from the picnic and cafe area. Where the nun is sitting would have been part of the Cloister Garth - the Abbey garden. The church was originally a cruciform shape but the only standing remains are the chancel, crossing tower, the centre aisle of the nave and the Lady Chapel of the south transept, all of which date to around 1300 when a major reorganisation of the abbey took place and the buildings of the original ~1200 buildings were largely replaced.
Tintern Abbey: Detail of the nave arches.
Tintern Abbey: The gaping hole of the east window of the chancel, but still some of the fine carving of the 'stone window frame' can still be seen. The windows on the left will be from later occupation.
Tintern Abbey: The carved figure at the top of the chancel's east window ...
... and on the left two other carvings in the chancel, the middle picture is that of another ecclesiastical figure.
Tintern Abbey: The new window in the chancel after the style of the medieval stone masons.
Tintern Abbey: Under the tower are numerous reminders of long-gone sections of the Abbey, e.g. the transepts and later adaptations for domestic living.
Tintern Abbey: An old medieval? Christian gravestone.
Tintern Abbey: The fireplace in the chancel, a remnant of when the Colclough family converted the tower, chancel, nave and Lady Chapel into domestic quarters in the late 16th century. The last member of the Colclough family to live in the abbey was Lucey Marie Biddulph Colclough who only finally left in 1959.
Tintern Abbey: The lovely stone ribbed vaulting of the Lady Chapel.
Tintern Abbey: Left: Some traces of the fine stone carving from the original abbey.
Tintern Abbey: Right: A simple model of how Tintern Abbey once looked.
Tintern Abbey: Some of the 18 grotesque medieval carved heads high up on the north wall of the chancel corbel table.
See three detailed pictures below too.
Tintern Abbey: The very nice cafe at Tintern Abbey - the monks would have approved!
The 18th century battlemented Tintern Bridge over the inlet into which Tintern Stream runs, part of Bannow Bay.
Picture of Tintern Abbey from the south-west - nave, tower, Lady Chapel and Chancel.
The few remains of an 18th century flourmill built in the 1790s by John Colclough.
Tintern Bridge over Tintern Stream which spans the tidal inlet.
The ruins of the old single cell medieval church south-east of Tintern Abbey.
The church was largely rebuilt in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Some of the original tracery of the medieval windows just about survives.
61a. Ballyhack and the Passage East Ferry 61b. Templetown 61c. Hook Head and Hook Lighthouse 61d. Slade Castle and Slade Harbour 61e. Baginbun Beach 61f. Fethard Castle 61g. Tintern Abbey, Saltmills 61h. Duncannon, Beach, Fort and Harbour
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