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Kirkstall Abbey: 06. Monks' Day Room and Dormitory, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°49′17″N, 1°36′23″W)
Kirkstall Abbey: 06. Monks' Day Room and Dormitory
SE 260 362
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now West Yorkshire
medieval York
  • Rita Wood
11 May 2010, 07 Mar 2017

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What used to be called the monks’ sub-dorter is now termed the monks’ Day Room. Its use is not defined in documentary sources and may have varied with the requirements of the monastery (Kinder 2002). Above this room, and above most of the E range at Kirkstall, was the dormitory, with the rere-dorter or latrines at the S end. At first the dormitory was reached by the day stairs in the E wall of the cloister through a doorway next to the Parlour; several of its windows remain.


Exterior Features



Interior Features

Vaulting/Roof Supports


T. Kinder, Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation, Kalamazoo, 2002, 269-71.