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NEATH ABBEY, BEGRIMED WITH THE SMOKE OF THE GLAMORGAN COALFIELDS

NEATH ABBEY, BEGRIMED WITH THE SMOKE OF THE GLAMORGAN COALFIELDS

The Cistercians built their house at Neath, not in a valley as was their custom, but at the foot of a line of hills facing the sea. The situation, once a lovely solitude, is now befouled with the eruptions of industrialism all across the face of this formerly fair landscape and the walls are blackened with grime. The church is completely ruinous, but the domestic buildings, the refectory and the dormitory are fairly well preserved and reward a visit. Part of the buildings, including the Abbot's Lodging, was rebuilt for a private house about 1650. The foundation of Neath Abbey, attributed to Richard de Granville. took place about the year 1120.

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