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Where the Man in Charge Lived
- This was the home of the Abbot. He lived
there in luxury.
- It was so posh that it was sometimes
called a palace.
- The abbot was a very important man, not
just locally but nationally.
- He was a business man in charge of lots
of farms. The Abbot of Abingdon Abbey
had his own office or Chequer Hall which is still there today.
- The abbot often had to entertain important
guests at his house, including Kings and Queens. They could not stay
in the hospitium.
- The abbot ate in his hall, not in the refectory.
He had his own servants to wait on him.
- His meals were brought from the abbey kitchen
which stood nearby. Sometimes the abbot had his own kitchen.
- The Abbot's House at Reading
Abbey was so nice that King Henry VIII turned it into a Royal
palace after the Dissolution.