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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.

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Tavistock, Plymouth, Princetown and Plympton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:



arrowBovey Tracey




Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Dartmoor, Tavistock, Moretonhampstead and Newton Abbot.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Buckland Monachorum

	arrowThe Garden House


	arrowBuckland Abbey and Gardens


	arrowMorwellham Quay

	arrowTavistock Wharf

	arrowLydford Gorge


	arrowDartmoor Prison Heritage Centre




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