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Fountains Abbey: 05. Monks' or Inner Parlour

(54°6′35″N, 1°34′56″W)
Fountains Abbey: 05. Monks' or Inner Parlour
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  • Rita Wood
14 Jul 2002, 01 Sep 2002, 04 May 2015, 21 Jun 2015

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The parlour at Fountains is of three bays and runs W to E from the cloister, immediately S of the Chapter House. The original vault survives, and so the sculpture on the supporting corbels is probably in the best state of any at the abbey. It is also some of the most ornate that was provided, and the easiest to see.

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


Built, with both its entrances, at the same time as the chapter house immediately to the N, in the time of abbot Richard, by 1170 (Coppack 1993, 45). See also Gilyard-Beer 1970, 47.


Exterior Features


Interior Features

Vaulting/Roof Supports


Before they became so weathered, the corbels in the Chapterhouse would probably have been very similar in style to these.


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

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