Finchale Priory: dorter and reredorter

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

The dorter at Finchale Priory in Co. Durham is located on the east side of the cloister above the chapter house. It connected to the south transept of the church via a night stair. Sir Charles Peers suggested that the large room at the south end of the range ‘which in other monasteries served as a dayroom, is here too ill-lighted for such purpose, and at any rate in the later days of the priory can have been merely a storeroom’.

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

On the east side of the dorter was the reredorter.

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

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Finchale Priory, reredorter © David Gill

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

Castle Acre Priory: Reredorter

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

The priory at Castle Acre contains one of the best preserved examples of a reredorter, or latrine, in England. (Note the use of ‘Rere Dorter’ on the sign. The official Ministry guide used ‘Rere-dorter’.) This two-storeyed structure was placed over the stream that ran along the edge of the monastic site.

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill

The first floor was linked to the adjacent dorter (dormitory) by a bridge.

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Castle Acre Priory © David Gill