15: The muniments room

One of the most important functions of the muniments room, situated above the warming room, was to be a dry space for the safe keeping of the abbey’s vestments, records, deeds and such like. Important lay people could deposit their valuables for safe-keeping, too. In fact, King John felt it so out of harm’s way that he entrusted his treasure to the monks here, before he rode to do battle at Runnymede. The room has served other lay purposes, being the home of the manorial court and the office of the local planning and licensing authority. Because this room has retained its roof, it gives a good impression of how the smaller rooms in the monastery must have looked. The medieval floor tiles were assembled here for display in the 19th century.

National Trust: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
  1. Introduction
  2. 1: Porter's Lodge
  3. 2: The nave
  4. 3: The crossing
  5. 4: The choir/East End
  6. 5: Chapel of the Nine Altars
  7. 6: The Green Man
  8. 7: The infirmary
  9. 8: Abbot's house
  10. 9: The prison
  11. 10: Choir monks' dormitory
  12. 11: The chapter house
  13. 12: Cloister direction
  14. 13: The cloister
  15. 14: The warming room
  16. 15: The muniments room
  17. 16: The lavatorium
  18. 17: The refectory
  19. 18: The cellarium
  20. 19: Direction to Infirmary Bridge
  21. 20: Infirmary Bridge
  22. 21: The reredorter
  23. 22: Mill Bridge
  24. Farewell and thank you for visiting