Monks' Toilet (12th Century)

Illustration © Andy Gammon 2010

This toilet block was built to meet the needs of the increased number of monks in the second half of the 12th century. There were at least 59 cubicles. For a time there may have been up to a hundred monks at the Priory.

The toilets were on the first floor above a sewer running along the base of the south wall. You can still see where the sewer would have been. The archway at ground level on the south-eastern end of the outside wall shows where the waste was channelled away. Rectangular vents in the outside wall would have provided some welcome ventilation.

A spine wall separated the sewer from a large ground floor room. This may have been used as a laundry or for storage.

The toilet block is the largest surviving part of the Priory, escaping demolition when it was converted into a malt house.