Buckland Abbey, Yelverton

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Buckland Abbey is a 700-year-old house in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton, Devon, England, noted for its connection with Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and Sir Francis Drake and presently in the ownership of the National Trust.HistoryBuckland Abbey was originally a Cistercian abbey founded in 1278 by Amicia, Countess of Devon and was a daughter house of Quarr Abbey, on the Isle of Wight. It remained an abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII. In 1541 Henry sold Buckland to Sir Richard Grenville the Elder (Sewer of the Chamber to Henry VIII, poet, soldier, last Earl Marshall of Calais) who, working with his son Sir Roger Greynvile (Gentleman of the Privy Chamber of Henry VIII, Captain of the ill-fated Mary Rose), began to convert the abbey into a residence, renaming it Buckland Greynvile. Sir Roger died in 1545 when the Mary Rose heeled over in a sudden squall while the English Fleet was engaged with the French Fleet in the Narrow Sea off Portsmouth, leaving a son aged 3, also named Richard Grenville, who completed the conversion in 1575–76. After being owned by the family for 40 years, Buckland Greynvile was sold by Sir Richard the Younger to two intermediaries in 1581, who unbeknownst to Greynvile, were working for Drake, whom he despised. The abbey is unusual in that the church was retained as the principal component of the new house whilst most of the remainder was demolished, which was a reversal of the normal outcome with this type of redevelopment.
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  • August 20, 2017
    We visited this national trust property on a bleak rainy day, had the sun been shining , we would have enjoyed the gardens, but that wasn't possible . The first thing to say is that there are a number...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    It was a bit of surprise to find this was not a ruined Abbey - Monks too Henry VIII's money and was converted to a house by is new Protestant owner - which shows we should have read up about it before...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Had a very enjoyable day at the Abbey. Lunch in the restaurant was excellent and we spent a very enjoyable time in both the grounds and the Abbey. Staff were all very helpful and interesting. The vide...  more »
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