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Which kept the Monks Separate
- This is the gateway which separated the
monks in the abbey 'enclave' from the people in the outside world.
- It was a strong building with huge wooden
- A monk called the 'porter' looked after
the gate. He sat in a room within the gateway watching who was coming
and going. He decided whether to let them in or out, or not.
- Only big abbeys, like Reading
& Abingdon, had Inner gateways.
Some only had outer gates.
- A monk called the 'almoner' would
regularly give 'alms' (food and clothing) to the poor at the
- The Inner Gateway at Reading
can still be seen today, next to the Crown Court. The room above the
gate was used for meetings with the townsfolk.