The Refectory

The Refectory (HM2DZD)

Location: , England RH20 4HW West Sussex
Country: United Kingdom
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N 50° 54.85', W 0° 29.243'

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The Refectory

The monastic refectory or dining hall occupied the south range of the cloister.
The main meal was eaten in the middle of the day. Monks entered the dining hall after washing their hands in a lavatorium or wash-basin just by the doorway from the cloister. Inside the refectory they sat on benches on long tables facing into the centre of the dining hall where the monastic servants distributed the food. Everybody ate in silence, listening to a reading from the pulpit in the south wall.
The cellarers' accounts show that the monks enjoyed a varied and wholesome diet. Outside Lent and periods of fasting they were allowed meat for three main meals each week. Most of their food was produced by the abbey's own farms, and fresh vegetables came from the kitchen garden. The food was prepared in a large kitchen south of the refectory, kept separate as a fire precaution.
The hall was largely rebuilt in the 13th century and almost totally demolished after 1538. The stub of its south wall, part of a lancet window and the remains of elaborate internal tracery decoration projects from the west range, which was extensively reconstructed after a fire in the 1930s.
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- The refectory in the 14th century, showing the pulpit and the lavatorium in the cloister

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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 676622 N 5643286
Decimal Degrees50.91416667, -0.48738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 50° 54.85', W 0° 29.243'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds50° 54' 51" N, 0° 29' 14.58" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near B2139, England RH20 4HW, GB
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