Culverts at Melrose Abbey

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Melrose Abbey © David Gill

A series of drains cut across the site of Melrose Abbey. On the north side of the site, running south-east, is the Great Drain. It passes the Commendator’s House. The water was derived from the river Tweed.

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Melrose Abbey © David Gill
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Melrose Abbey © David Gill

On the east site of the abbey is the latrine pit for the reredorter for the monks’ dorter, that is connected to the Great Drain.

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Melrose Abbey © David Gill

Author: David Gill

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

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