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Fountains Abbey: 07. Day Stairs and Warming Room

(54°6′35″N, 1°34′56″W)
Fountains Abbey: 07. Day Stairs and Warming Room
SE 274 683
  • Rita Wood
14 Aug 2001, 04 May 2015, 21 Jun 2015

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Feature Sets

The doorway to the monks' day-stairs, cupboard and entrance to the warming-room at Fountains occupy the eastern end of the S wall of the cloister. The stairs led up to the monks' dormitory on the E side of the cloister. Today, with the dormitory long gone, it provides a view of the north side of the valley where the caves or quarries were, used by the first monks. See Gilyard-Beer 1970, 51-54.

For further information, see report for Fountains Abbey, church.


For History, see report for Fountains Abbey, church.


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


The day-stairs and warming-room are dated to the latest phase (1180-1210) of the four periods according to the plan in Gilyard-Beer 1970.

In the rebuilding of the S range of the cloister in the time of abbot Robert (1170-80), this was the first part to be developed. The building was three storeys high; the room above the warming room proper was a muniment store, as was probably also the upper floor (Coppack 2009, 65-6; fig. 40).


G. Coppack, The English Heritage Book of Fountains Abbey (London, 1993).

G. Coppack, Fountains Abbey: the Cistercians in Northern England (Stroud, 2009).

R. Gilyard Beer, Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire (HMSO, 1970).