Castle Acre Priory: Reredorter

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

The priory at Castle Acre contains one of the best preserved examples of a reredorter, or latrine, in England. (Note the use of ‘Rere Dorter’ on the sign. The official Ministry guide used ‘Rere-dorter’.) This two-storeyed structure was placed over the stream that ran along the edge of the monastic site.

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

The first floor was linked to the adjacent dorter (dormitory) by a bridge.

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

 

 

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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