The Twentieth Century Society

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Buckfast Abbey. Frederick Arthur Walters, 1938. Photo: Buckfast Abbey.

South West

AGM and visit to Buckfast Abbey

Saturday 21st October, 11am 

The C20 SW AGM will be held at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, with a later tour of the 1938 Abbey.

Buckfast Abbey was originally founded in 1018, dissolved by Henry VIII, and rebuilt decades later by Benedictine monks and completed in 1938.

We will start the day at 11am at the Conference Centre (the former school, Brett & Pollen 1965-8) for the C20 South West AGM. After the brief meeting, Peter Beacham OBE (author of the revised Cornwall 2014 with Nikolaus Pevsner) will give  a talk on the C20/early C21 history of the Abbey and precinct development and a tour of the Centre. Peter has recently edited a book, ‘Buckfast Abbey, History, Art and Architecture’, with a chapter on the buildings of our period contributed by Alan Powers. 

We will then ascend the tower of the Abbey Church to get an overview of the whole site. Following lunch in the Grange restaurant, (Michael Tyrell Associates in association with Richard Riley 1991), we will look at the Abbey Church and Blessed Sacrament Chapel (Walls & Pearn 1962-6, with spectacular glass by Dom Charles Norris). We will then take a tour of the precinct and late C20/early C21 buildings, including Southgate by Allen Van der Steen Architects (1992) and Westgate by Richard Riley (1991).

There will be a charge of £5 for the talk and tours, payable on the day.

To help gauge numbers, please email Tony if you would like to attend: