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Newstead Abbey : Great Hall
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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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Marvel at the expansive panelling of the Great Hall, all reputed to have come from a single oak tree!

During his brief residence at Newstead Lord Byron established an eccentric household.

The two largest rooms, the Great Hall and the Great Drawing Room, had been cleared out and abandoned since before Byron was born.

Lacking the means to restore them to their former glory, the poet used them for sporting activities such as pistol shooting.
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