Grade I Former Abbey

for Private Client

Claire Fear is the Incumbent Architect for Forde Abbey, a Grade I Listed Scheduled Monument and former Cistercian Abbey which is now a country house, both occupied as a family home and open to visitors.

The Abbey was founded 1136 and dissolved 1539. Monastic building elements of C12th, C13th, C15th and C16th survive. C17th and C18th alterations and extensions also add to the layers and complexity of the building which is as rich in its tapestry of building fabric as it is in the hangings on its walls.

The Abbey is set within an early C18th formal gardens and landscape, which extend to around 10 hectares and lie within a further 23 hectares of parkland. The gardens were remodelled in the late C19th with extensive planting and later restored and developed from the mid C20th onwards.

At the commencement of our appointment, we undertook a full condition survey of the buildings and prepared a report detailing a proposed programme of maintenance, remedial and repair works for the next 5 years. Our ongoing work includes the construction detailing of repair works, and planning, specifying and obtaining consents for yearly programmes of work.

We are currently working on a variety of projects to repair and conserve this historic structure.