The Cistercian Dore Abbey was founded in 1147 and largely rebuilt in the 13th century. The abbey was dissolved in 1536 and fell into a state of disrepair. Surviving buildings were restored in 1630 and again in the early 18th century when the wall paintings were created. These include a Queen Ann Coat of Arms, a Momento Mori and a representation of Father Time with an hour glass and scythe. Two small faces (Green Men?) are carved close to the base of the entrance through the 17th century rood screen. A rather more obvious Green Man, previously a roof boss, can now be found amongst a collection of carved stonework.
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