Battle in East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
The East Range
—Battle of Hastings, 1066 —
The first floor of the east range in front of you was a single large dormitory or dorter where originally the abbot and all the monks slept. To the left of it, at a right angle, stood the reredorter or the monastic latrines. In the 13th century the abbot moved to his own accommodation in the west range and both dormitory and latrines were largely rebuilt as we see them now. The latrines were on the same floor as the dorter and discharged into the main drain within the vaulted arches beneath.
The lower rooms in the dorter were originally the novices' and the common room, but changed their use over time. The doorway behind the yew trees led to the infirmary which once stood here.
You can clearly see the steep slope of this hillside, little changed since the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
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- The reredorter or the monastic latrine; there was direct access from the dormitory to the latrines on the top floor of this huge structure.
- View of the east range by Grimm in the 1780s. By then the dormitory was in poor repair.
Location. 50° 54.846′ N, 0° 29.297′ E. Marker is in Battle, England Touch for map. Located next to Battle Abbey along the battlefield path at the Battle of Hastings Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Battle, England TN33 0AD, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dairy and Icehouse (a few steps from this marker); Battlefield to Vegetable Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Duchess of Cleveland’s Walled Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dormitory (within shouting distance of this marker); Beehives in the Walled Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Parlour (within shouting distance of this marker); The High Altar of Battle Abbey (within shouting distance of this marker); East Range of Cloister (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Battle.
Also see . . . English Heritage - 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield. (Submitted on January 17, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.