Byland Abbey: Dorter Above

Byland Abbey © David Gill

The Monks’ Dorter at Byland Abbey is located at the south-east corner of the cloister, adjacent to the warming house, and to the south of the chapter house.

The monks’ dayroom was located on the ground floor, and the dorter was placed above. The dayroom was divided into seven bays.

Byland Abbey, dayroom © David Gill

The dorter was reached via the day stairs from the cloister. These were located to the south of the chapter house.

Byland Abbey, day stairs to dorter © David Gill

The monks could enter the abbey church though night stairs that entered the west side of the south transept.

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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