The Dormitory

The Dormitory (HM2DZC)

Location: , England RH20 4HW West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
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N 50° 54.849', W 0° 29.252'

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The Dormitory

This huge room was the dormitory, or dorter, where the monks slept. It dates to the 13th century and was originally a single open space without any heating. Monks slept communally and their single beds were arranged in rows along the side walls.
The floor was tiled and the walls were covered in white plaster, painted with thin red lines to simulate masonry joints. The room was lit by the tall, thin lancet windows, the lower parts of which were closed using wooden shutters. In 1369, the roof was covered with wooden shingles, but by the time the abbey was suppressed by Henry VIII in 1538 these had been replaced with tiles.
The small fireplaces date to the late Middle Ages, when the dormitory had probably been divided into individual cubicles, providing the monks with more comfort and privacy.
After the suppression of the abbey, the dormitory was used as stables or a barn, with the roof surviving until the 18th century.
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- The interior of the dormitory looking north. This drawing was made by Samuel Grimm in 1783, shortly before the roof collapsed.
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Date Added Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 7:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 676612 N 5643284
Decimal Degrees50.91415000, -0.48753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 50° 54.849', W 0° 29.252'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds50° 54' 50.94" N, 0° 29' 15.12" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near B2139, England RH20 4HW, GB
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