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Cleeve Abbey (Washford)

Cleeve Abbey is a historic religious building just outside Washford in Somerset.

A Cistercian abbey, it was built in a valley below the Quantocks, and was prosperous until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when its church was demolished. Some buildings survived, and eventually became residential.

Cleeve Abbey came into the hands of the Luttrell family of Dunster in the 19th century, and they started to turn it into something of a tourist attraction.

In 1949, it came under the control of the Ministry of Works, now English Heritage.

Cleeve Abbey, including its Refectory, is now open to the public.

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