Buckland Monachorum  Devon


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Buckland Monachorum like this:

BUCKLAND-MONACHORUM, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Tavistock, Devon. The village stands near the river Tavey, and near the Horrabridge station of the Tavistock railway, 4 miles S by E of Tavistock; and has a post office, of the name of Buckland, under Plymouth. It formerly was a markettown; and still has a fair on Trinity-Monday. ...

The parish includes also the hamlet of Milton, and part of the village of Horrabridge. Acres, 6,338. Real property, £6,155. Pop., 1,489. Houses, 290. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to Sir Lopes Massey Lopes, Bart. Buckland Abbey, a Tudor edifice, was the favourite residence of Sir Francis Drake, the famous navigator; contains some interesting souvenirs of him; and is now the seat of his descendant, Sir T. T. F. E. Drake, Bart. Grapstone, Bickham, and Pound are the seats of respectively the Leaches, the Gills, and the Bullers. A Cistertian Abbey was founded in the parish, in 1278, by Amicia, countess-dowager of Devonshire; castellated by one of its abbots; given, at the dissolution, to Richard Greyfield; and garrisoned during the civil war. Small but interesting remains of the buildings still exist. There are several copper mines, and a tin mine. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of St. John's, in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £430.* Patron, the Rev. Dr. R. Hayne. The church is perpendicular English, and cruciform, with a tower; and contains carved old seats, a decorated ceiling, and a monument, by Bacon, to Lord Heathfield, the defender of Gibraltar. A Baptist chapel is in the village; and a chapel of ease and a Wesleyan chapel are at Horrabridge. A school has £10 from endowment; and other charities have £18. The subdistrict contains six parishes and part of another. Acres, 86,562. Pop., 8,698. Houses, 1,447.

Buckland Monachorum through time

Buckland Monachorum is now part of West Devon district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Devon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Buckland Monachorum itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Buckland Monachorum in West Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th July 2018

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