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Caption for Tintern, Abbey 1890: It is difficult to imagine from this idyllic scene that Tintern was once heavily industrialised. Records of an iron and wire works here go back to the 16th century, and production continued until around the end the 19th century. At one time there was a considerable number of German and Swedish wire workers employed. The wire was used, among other things, to make brushes for carding in the wool industry. The abbey was founded in 1131 for the Cistercian order by Walter De Clare, and dissolved by Henry VIII in the 28th year of his reign in 1536–37.

Memories of Tintern

I found out that my great-grandmother was born at Tintern, she came with her parents to Warrington in 1870. Warrington was a big name in Wire and so was Tintern, that is the link. We first visited Tintern in 2003 and fell in love with it and the area. My ancestors were all bBaptised, married and buried at St (...Read full memory)

He's got exactly the same photo, and I remember standing watching him take it as the sun shone through the ruins and thinking to myself I'm not sure which I love more, him or the Abbeys we visit together. Tintern will always feel like our special place.

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