Tresco Abbey, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Benedictine Monks

An abbey was founded here in 964 AD, although the majority of what remains today comes from the 12th Century Priory of St. Nicholas. This fell into disrepair over the centuries until the arrival on the island of Augustus Smith in 1834. He spent the next twenty years creating one of the most remarkable gardens in the country and it is the gardens for which the Abbey is now famous rather than any building.

Smith also built a house for himself which is also known as Tresco Abbey, although neither this building nor its predecessor was actually an Abbey!

The gardens which are sub-tropical are extensive and remarkable as is the whole of the island of Tresco - one of the jewels of Britain.

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