Forde Abbey, comprising the house and the gardens, lies in an almost secret location in the Axe valley near Chard Junction Station. There is plenty of evidence of its past as a Cistercian monastery. The house and gardens are open to the public. We like this place!
In Robert Morden's 1787 map (left), Forde was in Devon but the parish of Thorncombe in which it lies was transferred to Dorsetshire, for administrative purposes, in 1842. Bacon's 1900 map (bottom left) show it just within Dorset, the boundary being the river Axe at that point.
General View (from south) - 1900

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Entrance Tower - 1900

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Abbey Cloister - 1900

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General View - 1900

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Rear view (from north-west) - 1900

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General View - 1900

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Plan of Ford Abbey - 1900

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Entrance Hall - 1900

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Staircase - 1900

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Tower Front View- 1900

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