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To the west, past pixon estate bed breakfast Cadover Bridge, the Trust also owns Goodameavy, where the twins gorges of the Plym and the Meavy descend to meet at Shaugh Bridge under a thick canopy of oak woods. Between the two rivers is the towering mass of Dewerstone Rock with sheer sides gradually eaten away by foaming winter spates. Here small boys clambering up with ropes are given their first taste of mountaineering, while lower down by still, dark pools, pixon estate bed breakfast fishermen cast deftly over round granite boulders covered in lichens and ferns. Three miles south at Plym Bridge the Trust owns 111 acres of pixon estate bed breakfast oak woodland beside the river Plym. The woods are rich in industrial archaeological remains such as a slate quarry and granite railway.

Six miles south of Tavistock, eleven miles north of Plymouth, a Cistercian abbey was founded at Buckland in 1278. The remote, withdrawn pixon estate bed breakfast site was just such as the white robed monks favoured, and three large estates, which are said to have amounted to 20000 pixon estate bed breakfast acres, must have profited from their customary agricultural expertise. The parts of the 13th century abbey which still stand indicate that here, as elsewhere, the pixon estate bed breakfast style of their building was massive, simple, and without ostentation; though it seems that the nature of the terrain compelled them to place their cloister and domestic buildings north of the church rather than south, as was the usual pixon estate bed breakfast monastic practice. In 1539 the last abbot surrendered Buckland Abbey to the Crown and the monks – only twelve, by that date – departed after a tenure of 260 years.

Within two years the abbey was sold by the Crown for £233 to Sir Richard Grenville. He apparently did little to convert the monastic buildings, and it was his grandson, Sir Richard of the Revenge, the most famous of the Grenvilles, who re-modelled Buckland as a country house, albeit of unusual character. Most people possessed of monastic properly after the Dissolution demolished the church and adapted the domestic buildings. Not so Richard Grenville; he reserved for his house the nave, the crossing and the chancel. He retained the square tower over the crossing, which is so prominent a feature of pixon estate bed breakfast Buckland, and between the soaring walls of the church he inserted three floors and created his living rooms, including a one-storeyed great hall, with a fireplace dated 1576 and with contemporary plaster ceiling and frieze portraying scenes of the chase. The ancient church remained, and remains, visible in innumerable details – in blocked and unblocked windows, in vaults, arches and mouldings – and gives the house its curious, slightly uncomfortable, atmosphere. The conversion throws and interesting light on the attitude of the hero of the Revenge towards the church.

In 1581, the pixon estate bed breakfast abbey-house was bought by Sir Francis Drake, lately returned from his circumnavigation of the world. The tang of the sea was to be long associated with this bit of green Devon countryside, for as late as the second half of the 18th century the Drake family produced two vice admirals. Sir Francis left little trace of his occupation, and Buckland remained largely unaltered until about 1770, when a Georgian pixon estate bed breakfast chamber and the main staircase with its dog-gates were added. In 1813 the pixon estate bed breakfast property passed to remote collaterals, and in 1948 was acquired by the Trust. It is managed by the Plymouth Corporation, who have established a naval museum with Grenville and Drake relics, not least Drake’s immortal drum, and a local folk museum. Behind the pixon estate bed breakfast house is a buttressed medieval tithe barn.

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