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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 94  1978  page 75

Excavations on the Site of Leeds Priory. Part 2 The Claustral Buildings
 and Other Remains
By P. J. Tester continued

This second part of the report on the excavations carried out by the Kent Archaeological Society in 1973-6 continues from the description of the monastic church contained in Part I (Arch. Cant., xciii (1977)) and deals with the remains of the claustral buildings, with notes on the house built on the site of the Priory, and appendices on the finds. Reference to the plan in Part I is essential in following the descriptions in the second part.

In addition to those named in the first report, I wish to express thanks to Mr. John Beckwith, F.B.A., F.S.A., of the Victoria and Albert Museum, for his notes on the ivory carving; Mr. C. R. Councer, F.S.A., for reporting on the glass and providing Appendix VI; Mr. M. Horton, B.A., for 

reporting on the floor-tiles; and Professor G. Zarnecki, C.B.E., F.B.A., F.S.A., of the Courtauld Institute, for information concerning the twelfth-century carvings from the chapter house. The drawings in Figs. 1, 2 and 3 are by the skilled hand of Mr. A. C. Hart.

The Chapter House
This was clearly contemporary with the twelfth-century church as its north wall was of one construction with the south transept. Originally, the east end was apsidal but this had been destroyed in course of later conversion. Traces of the apse could be discerned, however, in a slight surviving curve on the inside of the foundation of the north wall, and

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