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This is one of those images that looks nothing special and without the note means nothing. However I wanted to post it as an important part of the series and to show a little of how the Carthusian monks at Mount Grace Priory (also see here) lived their lives. Unlike monks of other orders they lived like hermits in their own private cells. However, for the time (14th -16th centuries) they had plenty of comforts and the cells resembled nothing I would have imagined. The individual cells were built around the perimeter of the Great Cloister connected to the north of the church. Nothing remains of the cloister itself but the walls of the cells are very much in evidence. One cell has been reconstructed and this photo shows one of the rooms. Each cell had an entry passage from which there was a living room with a fire-place, a study, a bedroom and an oratory, or personal chapel. Upstairs there was a workroom, as each monk had to practise a trade. Outside they each had a small herb garden and a latrine, which surprisingly for the time, was connected to a water supply. There was also a tap coming in from the outside wall which was connected to a supply of fresh drinking water from a spring house in the grounds.
Lay brothers cooked meals for the monks and they were left in a niche in the outside of the cell wall to be collected from within without contact. In the WS is part of the remaining exterior wall of the cells, and next to the door the niche for meals can be clearly seen.

It was very dark in the cell as I think you can tell by the exposure details. I was surprised the photo came out at all. Also in the tight space compositional choice was severely limited.

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