I live close to there too but I only had grey wintery photos of it. The weather has been better recently I went back yesterday to take some brighter pictures for you - and let's be honest my camera needs all the help it can get! I am sorry these photos don't half measure up to the spectacular photography we all are used to seeing in this community but I hope you can get a sense of the majestic beauty of this place. Maybe someone else nearby could get some better pictures or those who haven't seen it.
Also - you can read online the famous Wordworth blank verse poem with the lengthly name "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798."
Little people in the left corner!
You can see how big it is here. It was all split up into lots of rooms though, the Victorians didn't approve of this however, it wasn't Romantic enough so they knocked down all the walls and ripped off all the ivy.
You can see that line going up on the left wall there where part of the roof used to be.
An information panel showing a page from an old book that was kept in the book room of the Monastry. If you find yourself staring blankly and uncomprehendingly at the writing on the right, (as I find myself doing all the time after moving here) it's in Welsh!
A stone on the floor
These windows were all bricked up, you can see where the outer buildings were expanded on top of the "church" part. The monks all lived in the outer buildings.
Some of the outer rooms, these are the remains of columns (obviously!).
Lots of walls for the outer rooms where the monks lived. You can see the kitchens, serving hatch, bathrooms, library etc.
This archway lead to the book room.
I think these are bits of the tops of the long gone roofs that they have found..
Bad picture, but some blue flowers were growing out of the rocks.
Here is Turner's famous painting of the place - it must have looked incredible with all the ivy growing on it.
A couple of my damp wintery pictures:
"In the reign of King Henry VIII traditional monastic life in England and Wales was brought to an abrupt end by the Dissolution - his policy of establishing total control over the church, partly to take advantage of the considerable wealth of the monasteries."
"On September 3, 1536 Abbot Wyche surrendered Tintern Abbey to the King's visitors and ended a way of life which had lasted 400 years.
The valuable articles from the Abbey were sent to the King's treasury and Abbot Wyche was pensioned off. "
"The building was granted to the then Lord of Chepstow, Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester. Lead from the roof was sold, and the decay of the shell of the buildings began."
The Abbey was finally valued at just £192.