21 reredorter  1

21: The reredorter

This is the lay brothers’ reredorter. The toilets were on two levels. The upper one, for night time use, was on the far side and gave on to the lay brothers’ dormitory on the first floor of the long west range. At ground level on this side, the toilets were built out over the river, and monks entered through these arches to relieve themselves. The Cistercians were skilful in their use of water. As well as lavatory buildings, there were networks of pipes and channels, communal wash-basins, and ingenious filtering systems all flushed with running water.

Now turn back and continue past the small bridge and up on to the path. The ruins up to the left are what remain of the bakehouse, brewhouse, tannery and wool processing works for the abbey complex. Keeping the river to your right, follow the path onto Mill Bridge.

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