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Kirkstall Abbey: 09. Kitchen , Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°49′17″N, 1°36′23″W)
Kirkstall Abbey: 09. Kitchen
SE 260 362
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now West Yorkshire
medieval York
  • Rita Wood
01 Apr 2010, 17 Feb 2017

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This area of the abbey has been reshaped, initially because of the change in the orientation of the refectory. According to Hope and Bilson (1907, 52), the original arrangement, from E to W on the S side of the cloister, included a warming house 16.5 feet wide, a frater 70 feet wide and a kitchen 19 feet wide.

Two round-headed arches were blocked when areas were absorbed into the kitchen, including the first refectory doorway to the E and, later, the N archway across the lay brothers’ passage on the W. The arch next to the cloister entrance marked an alcove or cupboard.

For History, Comments and full Bibliography, see report for Kirkstall Abbey 01. Church.

Two doorways and two wall capitals have sculpture.


Exterior Features


Interior Features

Vaulting/Roof Supports


W. H. St. John Hope and J. Bilson, 'Architectural description of Kirkstall Abbey', Thoresby Soc., 16, 1907, 52; fig. 44.