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Buckland Abbey, Yelverton

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4.6/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
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 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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  • Great place to learn about the Elizabethan era. Lots of Francis Drake items to view. The gardens and walks around are really lovely, especially the veg garden! Lovely big National Trust shop too! Wort...  read more »
  • Went here whilst my brother and his wife visited us for a long weekend. We spent the afternoon here thoroughly enjoyed the architecture of the property. The kitchen, Drake's room and the room where th...  read more »
  • We made use of our membership and visited here. Spent a good 4 hours wandering round the house and garden. Nice property and a good bit of Francis Drake history from the lovely guides. Also the Rembra...  read more »
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