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Buckfast Abbey and Methodist Church

Buckfast is a small village near Buckfastleigh in Teignbridge district, Devon, England, on the bank of the River Dart.[1] It is the home of Buckfast Abbey, an active Benedictine monastery, which gave its name to Buckfast Tonic Wine, originally made there.

Buckfast is in the civil parish of Buckfastleigh, which has a town council.[2]

There is a Methodist chapel, built in 1881, which is used for joint Anglican and Methodist services every Sunday.[3]

The village has a co-educational Roman Catholic primary school, St Mary's Catholic Primary School.[4]

There were woollen mills in the village, powered by the River Dart. A large mill was taken over in the 1950s by Axminster Carpets. When the company went into administration in 2013 the Abbey acquired the Mill premises.[5][6]

The village has a post office, which relocated in 2015 into the Mill Shop.[7]


  1. ^ Dyckhoff, Tom (24 April 2015). "Let's move to Buckfast and Buckfastleigh, Devon". Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Home page". Buckfastleigh Town Council. Retrieved 8 August 2016. The historic mill town of Buckfastleigh and the neighbouring abbey village of Buckfast ... 
  3. ^ "Buckfast Methodist Church". Methodist Heritage. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "home page". St Mary's Catholic Primary School. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "1,000 years of business at Buckfast where the latest focus is on new jobs for factory site". Western Morning News. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Buckfast Spinning Mill". Abandoned Britain. November 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Ware, Ginny (19 October 2015). "Buckfast boasts a new bigger and brighter Post Office thanks to the local Abbey". Herald Express. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • Buckfastleigh: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI (Buckfast was in this parish)

Coordinates: 50°29′32″N 3°46′45″W / 50.49230°N 3.77903°W / 50.49230; -3.77903