Torre Abbey was built originally as a monastery in 1196, today it is the Mayor’s official residence as well as a gallery. The Abbey owns about 600 oils and watercolours from the 18th to mid-20th centuries. These include a Pre-Raphaelite collection of national importance which includes works by Holman Hunt and Burne-Jones. There are also water colours by William Henry Hunt and Thomas Miles Richardson. Also represented is a small collection of 18th and 19th century English glass, silver and pewter. A collection of moulded and sculptured stone from the medieval Abbey is stored, including parts of several full size effigies of knights and abbots.