Mount Grace Priory ~part 2

Mount Grace Priory has a reconstructed cell which was quite fascinating as it was so big! I always thought of Monks cells as little rooms in a dormitory with a bed and washbowl and that’s about it. Maybe other types of Monks did but Carthusian Monks lived a very solitary existence as their whole purpose was total withdrawal from the world to serve god by personal devotion and privation. Food and drink were brought to them by lay brothers and passed through a hatch beside the door, without any communication. The cell was rebuilt by Sir Lothian Bell between 1901 & 1905, then refurbished by English Heritage in the late 1980’s, the garden & galleries based on archaeological evidence and plants available in 16th century. It’s furnishings are based on Carthusian illustrations made at the time, or surviving examples. Documents and excavations show the trades the monks followed, there is evidence of a weaver, bookbinder andย book copyists.

reconstructed monks cell
reconstructed monks cell
door to cell
door to cell

The cell provided for all their needs, had space to meditate, read & work.

The Study & writing desk
The Study & writing desk
Bedroom
Bedroom

A place for manual work is upstairs,

loom
loom
wool spinner
spinning wheel

and also a garden to tend.

to the garden
to the garden
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part of the garden
outdoor loo
outdoor loo
Garden
Garden
view of the monks gallery from the garden
view of the monks private cloister from the garden
garden path
garden path
The Monks cell seen from the garden
The Monks cell seen from the garden
View to the Priory from the Monks cell.
View to the Priory from the Monks cell.

That’ll do for today’s post, more from The Priory next time ๐Ÿ™‚

laters gaters

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14 comments

  • Amazing shots Fraggy , I’m always in awe of these guys . There’s s cloister not to far from here , one day I’ll make the trip . Anyway they make and sell bread . I can’t imagine either of us ever being z monk , not in an earlier life or the next.. Can you imagine never talking to a living soul ?;)
    Well those are my thoughts ;))
    Awesome work as always !! Try’s โค๏ธHave a nice Sunday , it’s freezing and wet here

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  • I would like if food and drink were brought to me, I think we can leave the hatch and no communication. But otherwise! As always a very inspiring post and excellent photos. Thanks for sharing. PS: just read your comment about internet and camera. I think you are absolutely right. We have to make sure that we have high speed internet and access to the newest Fuji lenses released. Next PS: Firmware 4.0 is released tomorrow morning at 5:00 am. A must have! 3 new AF features for our X.

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  • All the photos are great, but the spinning wheel is my favorite as well. Was it sunny outside when you took these photos? I can’t imagine that the lighting would be so warm if it was overcast outside (or did you adjust the white balance)? Just curious ๐Ÿ™‚

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