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TINTERN ABBEY PRECINCT WALL

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 00714g
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Community : Tintern
NGR : SO5314300000
Site Type (preferred type first) : Medieval Abbey Precinct / Medieval Enclosure
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument

Summary :
Stretches of the outer precinct wall associated with Tintern Abbey (PRN 00713g). It was noted that the wall is in need of conservation/consolidation in places; in particular the stretches at the S edge of the precinct adjacent to Long Way, which are being undermined by tree roots.

Description :
The precinct wall of the abbey complex, sections of which survive up to 2.5-3m in height, is particularly significant. This structure, which defined the outer boundary of the Abbey complex and enclosed 27 acres, together with the associated gatehouse are considered to be among some of the most important surviving examples their type in Britain. Eighty-six Cistercian Abbeys were founded in Britain; of these it only possible to accurately define the extent of the precinct boundary in sixteen cases, and of these, only seven retain lengths of their precinct walls and associated gateways, Tintern being one of the seven (Roberts,Gerrard & Graham 2009)

Stretches of the outer precinct wall associated with Tintern Abbey (PRN 00713g). The identified stretches are all currently protected (SAM ref. MM157). No additional stretches were identified during the field visit (E002126). It was noted that the wall is in need of conservation/consolidation in places; in particular the stretches at the S edge of the precinct adjacent to Long Way, which are being undermined by tree roots (Bowden and Roberts 2012).

Sources :
Cadw , Application for Grant Aid
Roberts, R, Gerrard, C & Graham E , 2009 , Historic Landscape Characterisation Lower Wye Valley
Bowden, R. and Roberts, R. , 2012 , Monastic Sites in Glamorgan and Gwent
Evans EM, 2003-04, GGAT 73 Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Sites Project
02/Desc Text/Cadw/ Full Management Report/2006/ Copy in further information file

Events :
E002126 : Field visit to Tintern Abbey (year : 2011)
E001386 : Early medieval ecclesiastical sites in Southeast Wales desk based assessment (year : 2004)
E002119 : Assessment of Monastic Sites in Glamorgan and Gwent (year : 2012)

Related PRNs : 00713g, 00717g


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