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Where Monks Cooked
monks prepared their food and cooked their meals here.
- It had massive fireplaces with roaring
fires on which to cook the food. There were big chimneys to take away
the smoke. A very posh chimney can still be seen on the Checker Hall
of Abingdon Abbey.
- Because the building got so hot, there
was a big central vent in the ceiling to let the hot air out and fresh
- It was built near the refectory
so that the food didn't get cold before it reached the table.
- It was also near the Abbot's
House for the same reason. The Abbot ate his meals alone or with
- Some monasteries had kitchens specially
for baking bread. They were called bakehouses. The bakehouse of
Abingdon Abbey still stands today.