"Tintern Abbey held its station between a cave in Italy, and a moonlight lake in Cumberland."
Depiction of Tintern Abbey in pencil and watercolour
Public DomainDepiction of Tintern Abbey in pencil and watercolour - Credit: J.M.W. Turner

 Tintern Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery on the banks of the River Wye in Monmouthshire in southeast Wales. Founded in 1131, it was one of the many casualties of Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries which took place between 1536 and 1541.

The English Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) wrote a poem whose full title is 'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey' but which is generally known simply as 'Tintern Abbey'. It was the final poem in his Lyrical Ballads, published in 1798.

Cumberland is one of the historic counties of the English Lake District in northwest England. It was in existence from the 12th century until 1974, and is now known as Cumbria.


Buttermere in the English Lake District
GNU Free Documentation LicenseButtermere in the English Lake District - Credit: Mick Knapton