Rievaulx Abbey: Dorter

Rievaulx Abbey © David Gill

The entrance to the Dorter, or Dormitory, at Rievaulx Abbey lies at the south-eastern corner to the cloister, and immediately to the west of the Chapter House.

Rievaulx Abbey © David Gill
Rievaulx Abbey © David Gill

The Dorter was placed over a vaulted day room that contained large fireplaces. The Reredorter was placed at right-angles to the Dorter on its south side.

Day Room, Rievaulx Abbey © David Gill
Day Room, Rievaulx Abbey © David Gill

The monks were able to pass from the Dorter, along a passage over the north end of the chapter house, and then via the night stairs in the south transept of the church.

South Transept, Rievaulx Abbey © 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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