COLCLOUGH WALLED GARDEN Historic Tintern Abbey was founded by the Cistercian Monks in c1203 under the patronage of William Marshal, first Earl of Pembroke. In 1562, the Abbey was granted to the Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) family and soon after the church was converted into living quarters. The Colclough family lived [...]
This c185 years old Winter Nelis pear tree, planted in this wonderful Georgian Walled Garden built by the Colclough family in the early 19th Century (1830), is slowly loosing its battle for survival, its weather beaten and broken trunk it now forma a creative natural sculpture and a focus of fascination and a tribute to nature today, still flowering and bearing fruit on its last surviving boughs.
Driving on the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, I came across Tintern Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey founded by William Marshall, the Earl of Pembroke in c1200. The Abbey was occupied from the 16th Century up to recently by the Colclough Family. Miss Marie Colclough, who lived in the Abbey until the 1960’s, died as recently as 1983.