Tintern Abbey

I had a lovely experience at Tintern abbey For me it was peaceful and picturesque to sing in a very natural and ancient setting. These are some of my favorite memories of the trip; however, it was easy to see how the setting could quickly turn quite frightening. It was remote, only surrounded by a small village, and even then, tucked away into the forest on the outskirts of society. it reminded me of the parish in A Morbid Taste for Bones and the spread out community that they served. In addition to its seclusion, there ware many potentially creepy aspects of the building itself. The scarcity of natural light (when it had a roof of course) would create many dark corners and through the ruins you can also see signs of different rooms and levels. Being a house of religious worship, not all of the areas were used as living space, and many were probably left empty unless specifically they were being used in a religious service– or perhaps a secret murder.
The abbey was bound to have a thriving community within it, in addition to the one it served, Priests, nuns, monks, cooks, etc might have all lived under this relatively small roof. After several years they were bound to get on each other’s nerves. And finally– the treasures of which the abbey was stripped of during the reformation, were a constant liability which they did take some precautions to protect. One of which was the surrounding wall. A crime, though more interesting from a writers perspective to come from the inside, could also be perpetrated by an outsider for this very motive.


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