Enjoying a profound sense of calm and quiet, buried deep in Devon valley, Buckland Abbey has been a home for hundreds of years.
The Cistercians who founded this abbey in the late 13th century led a life of religious contemplation and fruitful toil, working the land and tending their animals.
Passed into private hands after Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, Buckland underwent a major conversion to become the grand home of rich and famous seafarers, most famous of all being Sir Francis Drake.
His predecessors and those that came after were clearly drawn to the place’s history, but sought to leave their mark and make a comfortable, fashionable home. However, for all that has changed, Buckland has kept that air of peace and serenity for modern-day pilgrims to enjoy.
Buckland has evolved over all this time and today can be viewed like a large, historical jigsaw puzzle.
This guidebook will help you piece the clues together, take you through all that has changed, and introduce you to the men and women who created what you see today. With specially commissioned artwork and rich, colour photography throughout, this guide through 700 years of history hopes to capture some of the hallowed atmosphere experienced by all who come to Buckland Abbey.
Published April 2018.
About the author: Annie Bullen is a writer and journalist, and author of several guides to National Trust properties. She has written many books on the British royal family and guides to major British cities, and contributes articles to leading gardening magazines.
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