Hamish visited in April 2010. He had already had a busy day for an OAD (old age dog) so was grateful for opportunity for several rests whilst we read information boards, and a sleep in the cloisters whilst we took it in turns to explore the indoor sections of the site. Much fabric remains – although this was one of the first abbeys to be dissolved by Henry VIII the buildings – other than the church that ‘had to come down’ – must have been of value to the new owners. Those standing provide good impressions of what abbey life must have been like. Wall paintings and a tile floor are almost unique. The site is quiet and well supplied with benches, a shop, loos and car park – well worth a visit even for a younger dog and his family.
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DogPeople Says : Cleeve Abbey
Located in Washford, 1/4 mile South of A39 (OS Map 181; ref ST 047407). Parking 70m from entrance, then 150m to admission point. Railway station about 0.5 miles away.
The picturesque Cistercian abbey of Cleeve boasts the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England, standing roofed and two storeys high. They include the gatehouse, the 15th-century refectory with its glorious angel roof, an unusual 'painted chamber', and now protected, the floor of an earlier refectory, decked from end to end with 13th-century heraldic tiles. The great dormitory is one of the finest examples in the country: beneath it are the vaulted warming room, and the sacristy with more early 13th-century tilework and decoration. Displays interpret the features of monastic life, while the exhibition 'Our Painted Past' illustrates wall-paintings from English Heritage properties throughout the country.
Check the English Heritage website for details.
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.
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