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The Cloister
Where Monks Walked
  • Monk illuminating a Manuscript in the Cloister -  Nash Ford PublishingThis was the main route for getting between different parts of the monastery.
  • The monks could walk and talk here. Exercise was important.
  • In the winter, they were allowed into the WARMING ROOM which had a big fire.
  • They could sit in alcoves in the cloister and copy or illuminate manuscripts.
  • The novices might be taught here too.
  • There was usually a long basin called a LAVATORIUM. It was for washing in the morning & before meals. This is where the word 'Lavatory' comes from - although that is used for something slightly different!

 

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