the Abbey suffered severe financial difficulties it may account
for the fact that it was never completed. The small, plain, rectangular
church was originally intended as the nave only of a much grander
building scheme that was apparently abandoned.
Following the Dissolution in 1537, Cymmer was left to deteriorate
for nearly 400 years and, apart from ground level foundations,
the fragmented rubble walls of the abbey church are all that have
survived. Encompassed within a farm today, some of the claustral
range having been converted to provide storage sheds and shelter
for livestock; indeed the farmhouse is believed to have been part
of the abbot's accommodation and guest house.
Cymmer Abbey was not an important house in medieval times, it
certainly has a haunting timelessness about it today. The austerity,
the tranquility and the remoteness can easily conjure up monastic
scenes from the 14th century.