Saint Mary's Churchyard - Tintern

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Also called
Cistercian Abbey Church of St Mary
ST Mary the Virgin on Chapel Hill
St Mary the Virgin Church, Tintern | Oct 2016

The church was destroyed by fire in 1977 and the churchyard is still maintained by volunteers from St Michael & All Angels, Tintern where the reredos from this church is now kept.
The church is medieval in origin, but was virtually rebuilt by John Pritchard in 1866-8. It comprises a nave and chancel with no division, a tower on the north side with porch under and a vestry with boiler room or burial vault.

It has been in ruin since the fire in 1977

founded on 9th May 1131 by Walter fitz Richard of Clare, Lord of Chepstow. The first Cistercian house in Wales, it was staffed from the Abbey de l'Aumone near Chartres, a daughter house of Ceteaux, and quickly developed through gifts of estates in the locality, and by 1291 was farming more than 3000 acres (1215 hectares) and was the fifth richest house in Wales. In 1302 it was given rich lands in Norfolk by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, and this led to the zenith of its wealth enabling the Abbey to complete the building of the new church, which had been begun in about 1269. Decline set in with the Black Death in 1348-9, and with Welsh unrest, culminating in the uprising of Owain Glyndwr in the early fifteenth century when much damage was done. As numbers fell, so the ability of the Abbey to run its estates properly declined, and it was actually dissolved as a minor house in 1536, closing on the 8th September, and then passed by the Crown to Henry Somerset, Earl of Worcester, the Lord of Chepstow and Raglan.


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  • Added: 26 Feb 2017
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