Buckland Monachorum village, Devon
The village and parish of Buckland Monachorum lie in West Devon. It is situated on the River Tavy, about six and a half miles south of Tavistock and about 10 miles north of Plymouth.
Buckland Monachorum village lies in the PL20 postcode district, just to the west of the A386 Plymouth Road. The village lies on land cut by three rivers: To the west lies the River Tavy, crossed at Denham Bridge; to the north lies the River Walkham crossed by the A386 at Bedford Bridge whilst to the south lies the River Meavy near Yelverton.
Buckland Monachorum is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Bocheland. It is reported as having enough land for 15 ploughs, a salt pan and a fishery rendering 10s. The estate was owned by William de Poilley, most likely to be a Norman knight. De Poilley held 17 estates in southern Devon as a tenant-in-chief of William the Conqueror, making him quite an important landowner in the region in Norman times.
Buckland Abbey lies about a mile south of the village. The Abbey was founded in 1278 as a Cistercian Abbey existing until the 'Dissolution of the Monasteries' between 1536 and 1541. The Abbey and associated lands were sold to Sir Richard Grenville who embarked on a course of demolishing several buildings on the site. In 1581, Sir Richard Grenville, best known as captain of The Revenge, sold Buckland Abbey to Sir Francis Drake. Nowadays, Buckland Abbey is in the ownership of the National Trust and is a popular tourist attraction.
The village church of Buckland Monachorum is dedicated to St. Andrew. It is largely a 12th Century building with a Saxon baptismal font and the tombs of the Drake family and Lord Heathfield, the defender of Gibraltar. Nearby lie many historic buildings, and a complex of interesting gardens, known as 'The Garden House'.
Deep in the West Devon Mining District, Walkhampton, Yelverton, Horrabridge and Grenofen settlements lie nearby and the Visitor Attraction of Morwellham Quay is just over five miles away to the northwest. Dartmoor and Burrator Reservoir a but a short distance away for those who enjoy their outdoor pursuits.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: