Project:

Buckfastleigh Research Project (2002-2006)


Project Leader(s): Sam Turner & A.J. Reynolds (University College London)
Staff: Stephany Leach (University of Winchester)
Sponsors: Royal Archaeological Institute & Dartmoor National Park Authority
Partners: University College London, Dartmoor National Park Authority

The thirteenth- to sixteenth-century church of Holy Trinity, Buckfastleigh (Devon), was destroyed in an arson attack in 1992. Our research follows on from building survey and ground penetrating radar survey in the 1990s. Excavation in 2002 and 2005 has demonstrated the presence of an earlier church structure, probably dating to the late Saxon period and perhaps associated with the earliest site of Buckfast Abbey.

References:

  • Reynolds, A. & S. Turner, 2005. ‘Discovery of a late Anglo-Saxon monastic site in Devon: Holy Trinity church, Buckfastleigh’ Archaeology International 8, 22-25.
  • Reynolds, A. & S. Turner, 2005. Excavations at Holy Trinity, Buckfastleigh’‘Royal Archaeological Institute Newsletter 31, 5-6.
  • Reynolds, A. & S. Turner, 2003. ‘Excavations at Holy Trinity, Buckfastleigh, Spring 2002’ Society for Medieval Archaeology Newsletter 28, 5-6.
  • Reynolds, A. & S. Turner, 2003. ‘Excavations at Holy Trinity, Buckfastleigh, Spring 2002’ Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter 85, 1-2.