intern Abbey was founded in 1131 by Walter fitz Richard de Clare, the Earl of Chepstow, on the banks of the river Wye. The abbey was run by the Cistercian monks and was a daughter house of the abbey of l'Aumone in France. It was the first Cistercian abbey to be built in Wales and had two daughter colonies at Kingswood (1139) and Tintern Parva in Ireland (1201). Tintern had several rich benefactors, including William Marshall the younger and Earl Roger Bigod III. Tintern Abbey is in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public.
The second Cistercian abbey in Britain and the first in Wales was founded by the Lord of Chepstow, Walter de Clare. The buildings were constructed on the Welsh side of the Wye River that forms part of the border between England and Wales.
A Cistercian abbey was founded by monks from Tintern Abbey. The location of the abbey altered several times in the first few years, but finally settled at Kingswood in Gloucestershire. A sixteenth-century gatehouse is all that remains. ¹
The Gloucestershire abbey was moved back to Kingswood and populated by monks from Tintern. ¹
3D Virtual Reconstructions
Transport yourself back up to a thousand years and explore historical buildings as they may have appeared in the past. Built using the popular game development tool Unity 3D, these reconstructions will run in the most of the popular web browsers on your desktop or laptop computer.
Uncover the lives of the hundreds of kings, queens, lords, ladies, barons, earls, archbishops and rebels who made the medieval people an exciting period of history to live through.
Selection of references used:
1. Jasper Ridley, The History of England, 1981, ISBN:0-7100-0794-9