Dunkeswell Abbey

All on Devon Gazetteer
OS Grid Ref:
ST 143 107
Map no.:
Landranger 192

In this remote spot William Brewer, Sheriff of Devon, founded a Cistercian abbey In 1201, a daughter house of Forde in Dorset.  A house was built by Elizabeth Simcoe on the site of the abbey.  White merely noted it as a ’pleasant seat’.  Surviving garden features include the abbey fishponds and part of the early C16 gatehouse.


Listed Buildings

Ruins of Gatehouse Grade II


Cherry & Pevsner:  The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 343
T Gray:  The Garden History of Devon,1995: 92