In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike.
The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.
Visitors today can catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago; although the abbey church was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1536, the cloister buildings including the gatehouse, 15th century refectory with its glorious angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles have survived remarkably intact.
The great dormitory is one of the best examples in the country, and an exhibition and virtual tour tells the story of the abbey and daily life for the holy men that once inhabited it.
A long term research programme, the 'Cleeve Abbey Project', aimed at establishing the best ways of conserving the fragile wall painting and tiled floors for the future has now come to an end, follow the link to our 'professional' area for more information.
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Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet, Somerset - TA23 0PS
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