Castle Acre: Dorter above

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

The Dorter, or dormitory, at Castle Acre priory is located to the south of the chapter house and lies on the east side of the cloister.

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

A vaulted room lay beneath the Dorter, with piers running down the centre of the space to support the roof. This seems to have been used as a ‘day room’ for reading by the monks. The northern end of the vaulted room may have been used as a parlour where talking was permitted.

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The entrance to the Dorter was via a staircase located immediately to the south of the chapter house and accessed from the cloister.

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

To the south of the Dorter was the Reredorter or latrine block, connected to the Dorter by a bridge.

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