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Buckland Monachorum, Devon

Historical Description

Buckland-Monachorum, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands near the river Tavey, 1½ mile from Horrabridge station on the G.W.R., and 4 miles S by E of Tavistock. It has a post office under Horrabridge (R.S.O.), which is the money order and telegraph office. It was formerly a market-town. The parish comprises 6715 acres; population of the civil parish, 1414; of the ecclesiastical, 1159. The manor belongs to the Lopes family. Buckland Abbey, a Tudor edifice was the favourite residence of Sir Francis Drake, the famous navigator, and contains some interesting souvenirs of him. The house is still occupied by one of his descendants. A Cistercian 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. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £277 with residence. 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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDevon 
Ecclesiastical parishBuckland-Monachorum Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionTavistock 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the South West Heritage Trust, Parochial Church Council, and Devon Family History Society have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Buckland Monachorum

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Buckland Monachorum from the following:


Online maps of Buckland Monachorum are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.

DistrictWest Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL20
Post TownYelverton