Abbey Dore

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Abbey Dore, in Herefordshire, was founded in 1147 by Lord Robert D'Ewyas and in 1282 it was dedicated to the Holy Trinity and Saint Mary, by D'Ewyas' brother in law, Thomas Cantilupe. It is located in the so-called "Golden Valley". The abbey was dissolved in 1536. Part of the original abbey church, begun in about 1180, is still in use. The surviving building, constructed of Hereford sandstone, lacks its original nave. It was restored in the 1630s, having been left in ruins following the Dissolution. Its rescuers were the Scudamores, a local family historically connected with Owen Glendower. They employed John Abel to repair the woodwork, and the roof of the chancel and decorated screen are his work.

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