Buckfast Abbey has a long history dating back to the 11th Century but the building you see was built mainly in the 20th century on the foundations of the original abbey which fell foul of good old Henry VIII. Now it is home to monks and since the late 19th century it has been the monks who have done most of the building work. The end result is a mixture of styles in a mixture of materials. I rather like it, although there is a modern extension with some of the most unpleasant stained glass I have ever seen. We had the pleasure of taking Philine here and I think she found it interesting and also seemed to enjoy her cream tea:)
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