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Dunkeswell Abbey

Nestled in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, Dunkeswell Abbey is an ancient scheduled monument of national importance.

Founded in 1201 by Cistercian Monks as a centre of worship, learning and charity it was active for over 300 years until it was forced to close following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. The ruins that remain today give a glimpse into a once large and respected monastery.

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FREE open day sharing new archive material from Devon Archives, with tours, teas and cake

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A Short History of Dunkeswell Abbey

£10.00

Published in 2020 by Phil Taylor with assistance from Keith Taylor, this fully updated history of Dunkeswell Abbey explores the history of the abbey and it’s surrounds looking at the original abbey complex and the remains today. With illustrations and photographs from the archives and details on the preservation plans to secure the abbey for future generations.

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