The birthplace on Charles Royce, of Rolls Royce fame, who made his first balloon flight on 8th September 1898.
Undoubtedly the finest late medieval fortress palace in Britain. Building commenced in the 1430's and features the yellow tower and moated stronghold with gun port and double drawbridge. Built, regardless of cost, by Sir William Thomas, and sumptuously embellished, the castle became still more splending under William Lorder Herbert's Elizabethan descendants who added the Banqueting Hall and other apartments.
Start your balloon ride from a field adjacent to the magnificent 12th Centurey Tinern Abbey, which was founded by Walter Dean Clare for the White Rober Cistercian Monks. The Monks austere rule dictated that they settled in remote locations but the grandeur of the principal buildings were largely due to Roger Bigod, Lord of nearby Chepstow Castle. The Abbey is an outstanding example of elaborate decorated style gothic architecture. The unspoilt scenery has attracted visitors since the late 18th centurey. Artists like Turner sketched and painted here, Wordsworth drew inspiration from here and it is a stunning location to fly from when the windirection and speed is suitable.
Our launch site is next to The Anchor Hotel, a fine pub which offers excellent views of the Abbey.
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