All That Remains- Neath Abbey



“The fairest abbey in of all Wales.”
~ John Leland, Tudor Historian

Today, this is all that remains of Neath Abbey. It has been weathered by time and frost and only fragments from the year 1129 remain from when Neath Abbey began it’s glory.

So charitable in his giving, it was started by Sir Richard I de Grenville, one of the Twelve Knights of Glamorgan, who humbly gave 8,000 acres of his estate in Glamorgan, Wales to the Savigniac monks from western Normandy.

They arrived in 1130, coming with sheep, crops and seeds for planting, they had farming and masonry skills enough to grow and build it up making the Abbey completely self sustaining for over 400 years.

It thrived as a Cistercian monastery, then the abbey was ravaged by the Welsh uprisings of the 13th century.

Eventually it was dissolved by King Henry VIII of England in 1539. At which time, the abbey was turned into part of a large estate by Sir Philip Hobby, who being was the last occupant.

~The Ruins of Neath Abbey are majestic and timeless, it’s something to behold. It stands next to the Neath River where the Neath canal runs along side it to the south and the west.
It is located near the present-day town of Neath in South Wales, UK where it was once the largest abbey in Wales. Substantial ruins are still seen, and are in the care of Cadw.

CADW: Welsh Historic Monuments conservation, protects and presents the built heritage of Wales and undertakes the Secretary of State’s statutory responsibilities for securing all ancient monuments for the future, for grant-aiding rescue archaeology work and for offering grants to owners of historic buildings.

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