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The Legend of Drake’s Drum

By Linda Tancs

Buckland Abbey is a centuries-old manor in Devon, England.  Originally occupied by Cistercian monks in the 13th century, the structure became best known perhaps as the dwelling of the Elizabethan-era adventurer Sir Francis Drake.  A highlight of the Tavy Valley estate is Drake’s Drum.  Reputedly Drake took the snare drum on voyages to sound his men to action.   Since that time it has been rumored to beat whenever England is in peril, including during both world wars.


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