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Tintern is one of the most beautiful spots in the Wye Valley. Highly popular with visitors, the village boasts a large number of attractions. Not least of these is the historic abbey that has lain in ruins since the dissolution of monasteries by Henry VII following the Act of Supremacy in 1534, which gave him supreme power over the church in England and separated the country from the papacy.

The Abbey had stood for almost 400 years before this happened and is now a spectacular ruin that draws thousands of visitors to Tintern every year.

A short walk along the river from the Abbey is the Devil's Pulpit, which offers commanding views of the Wye Valley. Local legend has it that the Devil would preach from there, trying to tempt the Cistercian monks of the Abbey into evil ways. Thus the name was applied and has stuck for nearly a millennium.

There are many other walks in Tintern, through a wide variety of countryside and forest, rewarding the adventurous with amazing views and a true sense of peace.

For more modern history fans, the old railway station attracts many visitors and offers a wealth of information about the early days of railway here in Tintern, both for passengers and for freight. The trains served the many iron and brass works in the Anghiddy valley, taking their products to the rest of Britain and from there, the world. Among the varied items made here you will find everything from cannon to knitting needles, with wire drawing being one of the very early skills that was exported from Tintern.

This was also the first place in the world to make brass, way back in the 16th century, with local mines providing materials, while the forests offered a ready supply of fuel for smelting and the rivers powered water wheels for mills and manufacture. Back then, Tintern was an industrial hot-bed.

Shipbuilding was also a major export of the area with trows and barges, as well as many bigger ships being built on the tidal section of the river, then often towed by teams of men to the deeper waters for sailing down to the Severn estuary and the sea beyond.

The Rose & Crown makes a great base for exploring Tintern. With a warm, welcoming bar, great food and comfortable accommodation, you can be sure of a real welcome whether you are here for a pint and a snack, or a fortnight's holiday.




Photo

Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.





Photo

Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.



Photo from Featured Project near Tintern
Tintern flooding January 2014

Last week's exceptionally high tides, combined with large amounts of rain caused the River Wye to burst its banks at Tintern on Saturday morning, flooding the bar of the Rose & Crown as well as many houses further up river from us.

The police arrived and closed the road to traffic for some time and road sweepers were out clearing up any silt that the flood waters had deposited on the main Chepstow to Monmouth road that runs past our door.

The level of the floods can clearly be seen gauged against the bathtub flower bed that lives in our riverside outdoor seating area. Luckily this is full of soil so couldn't float away.

Some YouTube footage, shot by a local has been requested by national media organisations, so Tintern floods are famous.

Naturally, none of the flooding caused any disruption in service here at the Rose & Crown where it was business as usual. However, the Tintern AFC match did get cancelled as the pitch was underwater. I did suggest that we bring on the sub, but was shouted at so kept my specialist football advice under wraps from then on.
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