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The Dormitory
Where Monks Slept
  • Sleeping Monk -  Nash Ford PublishingThe monks slept here in beds lined up along the walls.
  • You still find dormitories today in places like boarding schools and youth hostels.
  • There was no need for any decoration.
  • There were stairs down to the cloister. It was a short walk, through the cloister to the abbey church, for services in the night.
  • The 'long gallery' of Abingdon Abbey was probably a dormitory, but for guests or 'lay brothers', not monks. It still stands today.

 

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