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Fountains Abbey: 09. Kitchen

(54°6′35″N, 1°34′56″W)
Fountains Abbey: 09. Kitchen
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  • Rita Wood
28 Sep 2003, 4 and 25 May 2015

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A squarish room between the monks' refectory on the S side of the cloister and the lay-brothers' refectory in the W range. Traces of the two central fireplaces can be seen. The room was vaulted, and some corbels of the vault remain on the N, E and S walls.

For the hatch to the monks' side, see report for the Refectory. For further information, see report for Fountains Abbey, church.


According to Coppack, 'The last part of the south range to be rebuilt was the kitchen, placed to serve both the monks' refectory and that of the lay brothers in the west range. A round headed opening to the monks' refectory... was originally fitted with a circular dumb-waiter revolving on a pivot. A similar, smaller opening to the lay brothers' refectory once existed but has been blocked up'. This work was done in the abbacy of Robert of Pipewell, died 1180 (Coppack 1993, 53-4). See also Gilyard-Beer 1970, 56.


Exterior Features


Interior Features

Vaulting/Roof Supports


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

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