St Olave’s Priory: undercroft

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St Olave’s Priory © David Gill

The refectory undercroft at St Olave’s Priory in Norfolk is in remarkable condition. The bricked in doorway led from the undercroft to the kitchen court.

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St Olave’s Priory © David Gill

Slype at Thetford

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Thetford Priory © David Gill

The slype, or corridor, in Thetford Priory is found at the south-east corner of the cloister, and to the south of the chapter house. It linked to the infirmary.

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Slype, Thetford Priory © David Gill

See also the slype at the Cluniac foundation of Crossraguel.

Dundrennan Abbey: night-stairs and dorter

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Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

The site of the night stairs from the dorter at Dundrennan Abbey are located in the south transept.

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Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

The dorter was located above the chapter house, and remains of one of the windows can be seen in the upper section.

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Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

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Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

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Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

The reredorter was located at the southern end of the range.

Finchale Priory: Frater

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

The frater or refectory at Finchale Priory lies on the south side of the cloister. It dates to the early 14th century.

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

Access was via an arched doorway in the south-west corner of the cloister, with steps up to the frater.

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

Below the frater is a vaulted cellar.

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Finchale Priory © David Gill

Bury St Edmunds: Charnel House

IMG_0742The charnel house at Bury St Edmunds lay within the precinct of the abbey, just to the south of the west end. It lies in what is now the Great Cemetery. This structure was built by Abbot John Northwold (d. 1301) [see ODNB]. This was constructed to take the bones of the dead recovered from the construction of new graves.

Framlingham Castle: the towers

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

The gateway to Framlingham Castle enters through the base of Tower 1.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 1-6 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

On the eastern side are Towers 4, 5, and 6.

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 7-11 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

The present descent from the wall walkway is through Tower 10.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 9-13 (from right to left) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

Access to the wall walkway is through Tower 11.

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Framlingham Castle, Towers 1, 13 and 12 (from left to right) © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

Framlingham Castle: Tudor bridge

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

A 16th century bridge provided access from the inner court to the garden on the other side of the ditch in the outer bailey. The bridge was constructed from stone and brick.

Access was adjacent to Tower 7.

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Framlingham Castle, Tudor bridge © David Gill