Durham Cathedral, Monks Dormitory

Durham Cathedral, Monks Dormitory
The College
Durham
DH1 3EH
England

Website

www.durhamworldheritagesite.com

E-mail

visitor.centre@durham.ac.uk

enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Telephone

0191 386 4266

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Today, a large undivided space, the monks’ dormitory (constructed between 1398 and 1404) was originally subdivided by wooden partitions to allow privacy. Each partition would have included a window, in front of which each monk would have had a desk for his books.

At each end of the dormitory were candles kept alight at night, and on the west side of the dormitory were the lavatories.

The sub-prior (the prior’s deputy, who was usually in charge of much of the day-to-day administration of a monastery) slept at the end of the dormitory closest to its entrance, presumably to monitor what was going on. Every night, he took attendance to make sure that all were present.

The most impressive architectural element of the dormitory is its massive beamed ceiling, constructed of oak.

Venue Type:

Sacred space

Opening hours

25th June - 31st August: 9.30am - 6pm
1st September - 28th October: 9.30am - 5pm
29th October - 2nd November: 9.30am - 6pm
3rd November - 23rd December: 10am - 4.30pm

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Fine Art, Personalities

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