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'Traces'? Look carefully, there are traces of the buildings' former life.

Buckland 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 who, working with his son Sir Roger Greynvile, began to convert the abbey into a residence, renaming it Buckland Greynvile.

Sir Roger died in 1545 when the ship 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. He left 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 Sir Francis 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.

Drake lived in the house for 15 years, followed by many of his collateral descendants until 1938, when it was sold to a local landowner Arthur Rodd, who presented the property to the National Trust in 1948.

Buckland Abbey has been open to the public since 1951.

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