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This map (below) comes from The Home of the Monk by Rev. D. H. S. Cranage, published in 1926 . This map is
part of the public domain.  (Note: abbeys are usually headed by an abbot, but for those abbeys which are attached to
cathedrals, their abbots are referred to
as 'priors' in deference to the seated bishop of the cathedral.)

Durham Abbey

This plan is founded on that drawn by the late Sir William St. John Hope and is printed by permission of
Lady Hope.  The original, from which manydetails have been omitted, is reproduced in the Surtees Society's edition of 1903 of The Rites of Durham.
The cathedral and abbey church is mainly Norman date.  The Galilee [entry], at the west end, was added late
in the twelfth century, and the Chapel of the Nine Altars, at the east end, abot the middle of the following century.
Much of the east and south ranges of the clautral buildings dates from early Norman times: the eastern part of
the chapter house [conference room], destroyed in 1796, has recently been rebuilt on the old plan.  The west range was rebuilt in the thirteenth century ; the cloister [private, central square] itself in the fifteenth, the tracery dating from the eighteenth.  The prior's lodgings, now the Deanery [Dean's office], contains work of various periods.  The great kitchen dates from the latter part of the reign of Edward III.
The extra-claustral buildings [those outside the enclosed area of a monastery] are not complete, though
surviving to a greater extent than in most other abbeys.  The gateway was rebuilt no long before the Dissolution.

Rev. D. H. S. Cranage, page 106

Durham Abbey
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For more information on abbeys and how monastics lived, see my article Parts of a Monastery and Abbey Church.


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