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.

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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