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Old Cleeve

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    • Day 31

      White ? Hotel

      August 31, 2018 in England ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      We are of course staying at the White Something.
      In this case the White Horse.
      About a zillion years old the front door opens straight out on the road and the stairs up to the rooms should be in a lighthouse.

      Very nice, full of accents from everywhere. Have no idea how the barmaid manages the orders.

      We were reading the menu on the wall and were obviously standing at the Friday night drink seat of two hundred year old locals.
      They just pulled out the chairs around us and sat down. They needed a drink. Were gone in seven minutes.
      Love it.
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    • Day 32

      Cleeve Abbey

      September 1, 2018 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Literally 150 yds from where we were staying was one of the best intact examples of monastic buildings in England.

      Founed in 1198 with 12 Cistercian monks it was always a tier 2 Abbey and just plugged along for 350 years.
      The official name of the abbey was Vallis Florida, (Latin: 'Flowering Valley') but throughout its history it was generally known as Cleeve after the nearby village. Isn’t it always the same.
      In addition to various landholdings with produced rent they held the Right of Wreck, which meant they could claim shipwrecks washed up on the shore of their lands. What a bonus.

      Eventually got the chop with the Dissolution and the church was pulled down with the rest of the buildings used as a farm for 400 years or so. This actually saved it in many ways. Eventually our friends from Dunster Castle gave it to the state in lieu of death duties in 1951 and English Heritage ended up with it in 1988.

      Unusual for English Heritage as there are roves and rooms and something to walk through.

      We had the place to ourselves. The British are not early starters we have decided, especially on a Staurday.
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