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Ford Abbey, Devon, 1831 f.107

Ford Abbey, Devon, 1831 f.107

Artist: Buckler

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1831

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36361

Item number: f.107

Length: 26.3

Width: 34.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Ford Abbey was originally a Cistercian monastery before it was closed down by Henry VIII in 1539 when he established the Church of England. The house remained unoccupied for nearly a century. The Gwynne family purchased it in the 17th century and set about turning into a luxurious family seat. The exterior was left unchanged but the interior was modernised to reflect the Italian palazzo style, which was so fashionable at the time.

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