Tintern Abbey


Tintern Abbey (Welsh: Abaty Tyndyrn) was founded by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow, on 9 May 1131. It is situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthshire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye which forms the border between Monmouthshire in Wales and Gloucestershire in England. It was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and the first in Wales. It inspired William Wordsworth’s poem “Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey”, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “Tears, Idle Tears”, Allen Ginsberg’s “Wales Visitation”, and more than one painting by J. M. W. Turner. The village of Tintern adjoins the abbey ruins which are Grade I listed as of 29 September 2000.


Due to the thickness of the walls, FPI decided this was a good venue to conduct experiments. They checked ranges on mobile phone and walkie talkie frequencies and their effect on KII activation. They found that in open ground the devices affected the KII over a range of 15 feet or so although they could not trigger the KII through the vast thickness of the walls of the Abbey. It was here, also, that FPI conducted an experiment with two KII meters, one for the word “YES” and one for the word “NO”. We found that the KIIs were triggered by some unseen force in response to our questions, making them flash independently even though they were held close together. We also tried to trigger the KII with our own focussed intent but with no success. A very interesting and educational day out at the Abbey.