Herefordshire Unitary Authority
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Dore Abbey in Herefordshire, near the village of Abbey Dore in the Golden Valley is a former Cistercian Abbey. It was founded in 1147 by Lord Robert d'Ewyas and, in 1282, dedicated to the Holy Trinity and Saint Mary, by D'Ewyas' brother in law, Thomas Cantilupe, a Bishop of Hereford.
It is located in the Golden Valley of the River Dore. The abbey was dissolved in 1536. Part of the original abbey church, begun in about 1180, is still in use. The surviving building, constructed of Herefordshire Old Red Sandstone, lacks its original nave. It was restored in the 1630s, having been left in ruins following the Dissolution. Its rescuers were the Scudamores, a local gentry family historically connected with Owain Glyndŵr in the fifteenth century and made Viscounts by the 1600s. They employed John Abel to repair the woodwork, and the roof of the chancel and decorated carved screen are his work.
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