Buckland Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey built in the 13th century, situated far from worldly pleasures so the monks could practice poverty, chastity and humility. Ironically all that poverty made them wealthy because so many gifts came their way. And their wealth was behind Henry VIII's seizure of church lands like these at the start of the Anglican Church.
From the outside you can tell it was an abbey, but the subsequent residents changed and remodeled inside to suit their tastes. The most famous owner was Sir Francis Drake, a swashbuckling Elizabethan sailor who attacked Spanish ships for their treasure, sailed around the world and helped defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. There were many treasures from his voyages, and historical displays.
We are all tired. Tomorrow we are heading to church at Truro Cathedral and Sunday roast dinner at a well loved restaurant.
Although we have internet here at the cottage, the broadband seems very narrow, and not too friendly to photos. We will keep trying, but for now, pictures are not available.