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photoblog image Cleeve Abbey 6/7

Cleeve Abbey 6/7

Today the original abbey church is represented by little more than a ground plan marked out in stone, and a section of the southern wall adjoined to the claustral buildings.


Cleeve Abbey was passed back to the Crown in 1950–51 to pay Death Duties on the Luttrell estate. Major restoration and archaeological work followed.  In 1984, English Heritage took over responsibility for Cleeve Abbey, carrying out excavations and earthwork surveys and continues to care for it today.

Cleeve Abbey 6/7

Today the original abbey church is represented by little more than a ground plan marked out in stone, and a section of the southern wall adjoined to the claustral buildings.


Cleeve Abbey was passed back to the Crown in 1950–51 to pay Death Duties on the Luttrell estate. Major restoration and archaeological work followed.  In 1984, English Heritage took over responsibility for Cleeve Abbey, carrying out excavations and earthwork surveys and continues to care for it today.

comments (12)

This is a wonderful picture Brian. I wonder if the tree's are oak trees, they are really nice to look at.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances. I'm not sure what the trees are to be honest.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Oct 2011, 00:57
This is a decent ruin, Brian...razed to the ground, and with lots of grass for sheep to safely graze.

Oh yes...and column foundations for the kids to play games on.

Those trees look like wonderfully benevolent guardians of the history of the place.
Brian Walbey: But how sad it was knocked down apparently for no special reason by a previous owner Ray.
These are the remains of a great place that you have captured Brian... i like this composition very much....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter.
Fascinating!
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely spot Elizabeth.
a very good composition here Brian, makes it a perfect scene
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Chantal.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Oct 2011, 07:20
Oh, it must have been a huge church considering the ground pan, the remeians of columns ...I could stroll there for hours - and I love the peaceful atmosphere!
Brian Walbey: It is very peaceful there Philine, just a quiet country road nearby.
As Philine says this must have been a substantial church Brian
Brian Walbey: I think it was Bill, the guide book has a sketch of what it was thought to look like but there is so much guess work in those things.
Lots to evaluate in the se stone work legacy's
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Richard, what a shame it was completely knocked down.
Those are very handsome trees, too!
Brian Walbey: They are indeed Tom but I've not got much knowledge of tree species to say what they are.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Oct 2011, 19:40
This is a joy, Brian. I would imagine that the trees are nearer than the abbey. They do complement the stonework well, though.
Brian Walbey: Yes but what a shame the abbey has been knocked down Alan.
lovely capture, looks a good site to visit
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek, it is a fine place to visit, not far off the main road into Minehead.
Lovely shot Brian, very evocative, quintessential "English history"
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Fred, you summed it up in a few words.

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