Buckland Abbey

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Plymouth, England

Buckland Abbey Plymouth Reviews

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Abbey - then home of notables Aug 15, 2010
This is a bus ride out from Plymouth onto Dartmoor but if I assigned it to Buckland Monachorum, Crapstone or even Yelverton, who would be likely to come across the review? Anyway Plymouth City Museums are associated with the National Trust in running it.

It is properly called an abbey because it was built as one for Cistertian monks in the 13th century. It was a victim to Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th centuries but instesd of becoming a picturesque ruin like so many, it was converted into a gracious house.

Henry sold it to Sir Richard Grenville who later sold it to Sir Francis Drake. Drake was living here at the time of his best known action, the defeat of the 'Invincible' Armada in 1588.

It is unusual in England to find a converted abbey showing so much of its church design and the furniture, Tudor costumes and the Great barn add to its appeal.
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