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Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire

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NOTES: Built between 1136 and 1536 and located on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, Tintern was the second Cistercian foundation in Britain and the first in Wales.

Melrose Abbey

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NOTES: Founded in 1136 and located on the River Tweed, this was the first monastery of the Cistercian order in Scotland. Little remains of the original Romanesque abbey church and the present rose-stoned building dates almost entirely to the rebuilding in Gothic style after 1385. The abbey was abandoned in 1590 and the crumbling church was used as a parish church until 1810, after which it fell into ruin.

Bath Abbey (or the Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul), Bath: the west front at dusk

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NOTES: This Benedictine abbey church was founded in 1499 and ruined in 1539 during the Dissolution. Restoration of the church to serve as the grand parish church of Bath was promoted by Elizabeth I in 1574 and a new nave timber roof of lath construction had been completed by 1608-1616. Major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860s.

Melrose Abbey

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NOTES: Founded in 1136 and located on the River Tweed, this was the first monastery of the Cistercian order in Scotland. Little remains of the original Romanesque abbey church and the present rose-stoned building dates almost entirely to the rebuilding in Gothic style after 1385. The abbey was abandoned in 1590 and the crumbling church was used as a parish church until 1810, after which it fell into ruin.

Melrose Abbey: south transept vaulting of the church

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NOTES: Founded in 1136 and located on the River Tweed, this was the first monastery of the Cistercian order in Scotland. Little remains of the original Romanesque abbey church and the present rose-stoned building dates almost entirely to the rebuilding in Gothic style after 1385. The abbey was abandoned in 1590 and the crumbling church was used as a parish church until 1810, after which it fell into ruin.

Holyrood Palace and ruined Abbey, Edinburgh

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Bruce, Sir William (c.1630-1710)
NOTES: The Palace was completed in 1679 by Robert Mylne, master mason to Charles II, to designs by Sir William Bruce. The Augustinian abbey was founded in 1128 by David I of Scotland and the church was completed by 1230. It was partly rebuilt in 1544 and heavily restored in 1916.

Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk

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NOTES: This Benedictine abbey (originally a priory and raised to the status of abbey in 1448) was founded in 1107. The monastery church was completed by c. 1130. The central tower was replaced in c. 1376 by a tall octagonal bell tower (now ruined). The Perpendicular west tower was added in 1450.The abbey was dissolved in 1538 and the bell tower and the whole of the eastern part of the church, together with the monastic buildings, fell into ruin. The south aisle was recovered towards the end of the 16th century and thereafter served as the parish church.

Ballintubber Abbey, County Mayo: the chancel

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NOTES: The abbey was founded in 1216 and largely rebuilt in 1270 after a fire. After its suppression in 1542 the church was unroofed but it has been restored several times since and has never ceased to be used for worship.

Ballintubber Abbey, County Mayo: the chancel

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NOTES: The abbey was founded in 1216 and largely rebuilt in 1270 after a fire. After its suppression in 1542 the church was unroofed but it has been restored several times since and has never ceased to be used for worship.
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