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Was originally an Augustinian priory founded by Henry II in about 1170.

In 1540 Henry VIII granted Newstead to the poet's ancestor, Sir John Byron.

Newstead Abbey retains its medieval character.

The most famous survival is the west front of the church, which dates from the late 13th century.
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The gardens and parkland at Newstead Abbey cover more than 300 acres.

Newstead Abbey's landscape owes much of its beauty to the River Leen, which feeds the lakes, ponds that ornament Newstead's gardens.

From his student rooms at Trinity College Lord Byron brought a tame bear to Newstead Abbey.

The bear roamed the gardens in the company of Lord Byron's other pet animals, including several large dogs, tortoises and a wolf.
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