KENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY  -- RESEARCH   Studying and sharing Kent's past      Homepage

Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 151
                           
ST RADEGUND’S PRAEMONSTRATENSIAN ABBEY. By W. H. St John Hope B.A.  Continued

width was gained by carrying the south wall upon arches, constructed between the buttresses, which have a projection at the base of 9 feet. The two middle severies extend yet farther south, to provide the necessary space for the refectory pulpit, from which the weekly lector read during meals. This appendage is I believe quite complete; but it cannot be made entirely visible without sweeping away several of the many partitions, which now block up the interior. The buttery and kitchen were placed at the west end of the fratry, with an undercroft beneath, in continuation of the one still existing. This undercroft was most likely used as cellarage; hence its being provided with an entrance archway on its south side wide enough for carts to enter from the outer or base court. This part of the Abbey is unfortunately much destroyed, and it is difficult to say how the refectory and other buildings above the undercroft were approached. The west wall of the cloister is only standing for a portion of its length, but retains the lower courses of the jamb of a door opening into the western range of buildings.* With the exception of the 

south-east angle, this range is fairly complete on the ground floor. It is divided by a cross wall into two apartments. The north one is lighted by a single lancet in the north end, and two others on the west. There is also a doorway into the Abbey precinct, and another in the south wall into the southern apartment. This latter is twice as long as the other, its dimensions being 49 ft. by 19 ft. 9 in. In its east wall is a fire-place, and opposite this a row of four elegant lancets. These lancets are square-headed, but those of the north chamber are pointed. A most effective feature is the segmental rear-vault over each light. The windows were not glazed, but protected by iron bars, and furnished with shutters. Beyond the group of lancets is a considerable interval of blank wall; † then, quite in the angle, a doorway with a small spying-loop on the right. The north wall has the remains of a square almery or niche. The upper range, which I think was gained by a staircase in the south-
  * This door appears to have been inserted by Simon Edolph in lieu of the Early English one.
  † Caused by the western extension abutting here.

Page  151   (This page was prepared for the website by Aaron Meyer)      

Previous page       Back to Page Listings       Next page    

For details about the advantages of membership of the Kent Archaeological Society   click here

Contents Page    Back to Arch. Cant. List   Back to Publications On-line    Back to Research Page   Back to Homepage

Kent Archaeological Society is a registered charity number 223382
© Kent Archaeological Society March 2005

This website is constructed by enthusiastic amateurs.  Any errors noticed by other researchers will be to gratefully received so
 that we can amend our pages to give as accurate a record as possible. Please send details too research@kentarchaeology.org.uk