Friday, 23 December 2016

Happy Christmas from Buckfast Abbey

An English Medieval Monastery originally founded in 1018 and the Abbey Church below, rebuilt by hand by a group of four to six monks in the early 1900s. This is a magnificent structure both inside and out. The monks trained themselves to do all the work and taught each other.


We love visiting Buckfast Abbey and go quite often to enjoy the wonderful peace and tranquillity it brings to both of us. The Abbey and gardens seem to generate this despite the visitors.

Inside the Abbey Church is bright, warm and inviting.



There is a wonderful serenity in the Abbey Church and if you visit at 1pm, the monks can be heard singing their Midday Prayer in Gregorian Chant melodies


Fantastic details in the marble flooring (my photos really don't do it justice) and I love the simple wooden stool surrounded by magnificent objects. The Corona Lucis (crown of lights, below) hangs above it.


The monks hand make all the stained glass and this is only a tiny piece of the huge stained glass designs in the Chapel (where photographs are not allowed).


Below is an alter on which the hair shirt worn by St Thomas More is displayed (in a small glass case between the candles). If you'd like to know more here's a link to a news article about this well travelled garment.


Buckfast Abbey has a marvellous website which is well worth a visit, full interesting facts and beautiful photographs.


In the grounds of Buckfast Abbey are beautiful old buildings which house shops and this little Methodist church.


Wonderful mature trees, which must be hundreds of years old






The Lavender Garden


A view of the Grange Restaurant, which serves lovely food. The outdoor covered terrace overlooks the grounds.




The Sensory Garden, with a chamomile cushion to sit on and scented roses about your shoulders.




Entrance to the Physic Garden above, which is divided into four areas, herbs, medicinal, culinary, and poisonous.



We were back last weekend for a Festive Carol Service. The Buckfast Abbey Choir is wonderful and the lead Soprano has the most beautiful voice.

Wishing you all a happy festive period and a peaceful and healthy 2017
SeagullSuzie

14 comments:

  1. Have not been there since I was a young boy, am now an aged one... You seem to have omitted the famous tonic wine that they are especially noted for ?
    Yuletide blessings to you and yours Suzie.

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    1. Oh yes the famous tonic wine. I did have a look at it and thought it might be nice for the festive season as a little tipple....but when I looked at the ingredients....wow 15% alcohol (much too strong for me) and the high amount of caffeine which my body could not handle, I decided against it. I had thought it was like Mead.

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  2. The trees in the lavender garden have some spectacular colour!

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    1. Yes Simon the trees are spectacular in autumn.

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  3. Oh My Goodness, this is a wonderful post today. Every photo is more amazing than the next.
    Happy Happy Christmas and for all of us a peaceful New Year.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. You are very kind, many thanks for your lovely comments, I feel my photos don't reflect how beautiful it really is, but I'm sure we'll be back many times next year with more photos to share....spring would be just lovely. Happy Christmas.

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  4. What a wonderful post - it looks the most beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Churches, Abbeys and Cathedrals always seem to have such a special atmosphere regardless of whether you are religious or not. It must be great to have such a place close enough to visit regularly.

    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017.

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    1. Many thanks, I'm not religious but can feel the atmosphere it creates, even as you enter the grounds and sit in the gardens it fills you with peace and inner restfulness, a great place to contemplate. Happy Christmas.

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  5. What a beautiful post. That places breathes out peace and tranquillity. Happy Christmas x

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    1. Many thanks CT, it was very hard deciding what photos to use as it's very easy to take too many! I'd love to spend more than a couple of hours here, it's just so nice to sit in the gardens and rest a weary mind! Happy Christmas.

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  6. I don't how we have missed visiting here. It looks so beautiful and tranquil, it would be good to see the Methodist chapel to and compare. Hope you have had a lovely Christmas and enjoy your break from work. Best wishes for 2017 , maybe you will once again find that dream home. Sarah x

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    1. Hello Sarah, oh yes you must visit, plenty of free parking and a lovely restaurant too, but dogs are not allowed.

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  7. How beautiful! I remember visiting when I was a young teenager with my Mum,Dad,Aunt and Uncle, we were staying in Teighnmouth I think. Such a long time ago now. Your photos are wonderful. Best wishes for 2017:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, Happy New Year to you too. I bet Buckfast Abbey hasn't changed that much, although they have a big conference centre and self catering holiday lets now.

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