‘Keep your grubby mitts off’: English Heritage ribbed after posting picture of Wales
English Heritage have been ribbed by social media followers after posting a picture of Tintern Abbey in Wales.
A picture of the Monmouthshire monastery was posted on social media by the charity that manages many of England’s historic monuments, buildings and places.
The caption said: “Snapped looking west from Offa’s Dyke towards Tintern Abbey, the banks of the River Wye and the sweeping valley is a view to behold.”
Followers were however quick to point out that ‘west from Offa’s Dyke’ was actually Wales, and that Tintern Abbey was under the care of Wales’ historic environment service Cadw.
The abbey, known as Abaty Tyndyrn in Welsh, sits on the bank of the River Wye, which forms the border between Wales and Gloucestershire in England. It was founded in 1131 but fell into ruin with the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.
Warning! May cause wanderlust ⚠️ Snapped looking west from Offa’s Dyke towards Tintern Abbey, the banks of the River Wye and the sweeping valley is a view to behold. 📸 pic.twitter.com/17BpJZU9pI
— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) October 3, 2021
“West from Offa’s Dyke is Wales,” Alyn Davies said. “But I honestly can’t say I expect better from ‘east of Offa Dyke Heritage’.”
Jac Jones responded: “Umm… You’ll find that’s Welsh heritage. But thanks for acknowledging Wales’ beauty.”
“Keep your grubby mitts off. That’s Wales!” Claire Hopkin said. “Gorgeous isn’t it, but no, you can’t have it…”
“Someone needs to send you guys a map showing borders and stuff,” Paul Sambrook said.
“Seems English covetousness towards other countries and their heritage remains undiminished as they seek to appropriate Welsh Heritage sites,” Gareth Parry said.
Chris Formaggia was more diplomatic: “Thank you for advertising this Cadw site and we look forward to welcoming you to Wales.”