Dryburgh Abbey: the dorter

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Dryburgh Abbey © David Gill
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Dryburgh Abbey, Dorter © David Gill

The dorter (or dormitory) at Dryburgh Abbey is located on the first floor on the east side of the cloister. It lay above the chapter house and the warming house.

In the 16th century a residence was constructed in the space above the chapter house.

The Ministry signs use the term ‘dormitory’ rather than the Latin ‘dorter’.

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Dryburgh Abbey, east side of the cloister © David Gill

Remains of one of the windows of the dorter can still be seen.

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Dryburgh Abbey © David Gill
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Dryburgh Abbey © David Gill

It was accessed via the night stairs that lead into the south transept of the church.

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Dryburgh Abbey © David Gill
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Dryburgh Abbey, night stairs © David Gill

The day stairs were located on the south side of the chapter house.

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Dryburgh Abbey © David Gill
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Dryburgh Abbey, Day Stair © David Gill

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Research Fellow at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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