The large Benedictine complex of St. Werburg's
The Benedictine monasteries and nunneries were an important part of Viking
Age Britain. These complexes were divided into many areas each with a different
- The Monastic Church
- It was here that the monks and nuns gathered for prayer eight times a day.
- Chapter House
- This was the formal meeting place for the monks.
- Next to the chapter house was the warming-room (later called a parlour),
used as a sort of common room.
- It was here that the monks came to read and think, and prepared to meet God
in the church.
- This was a store house for food and drink.
- This is where the monks lived, sometimes called the dormtory.
- The monks' meals were prepared here.
- This was the monks' dining room.
- This served as a hospital for old and sick monks.
- Books and manuscripts were produced here.
- Abbot's quarters
- This was the part of the dortor where the abbot lived.
- Monastery garden
- Here the monks grew many of the vegetables and herbs they needed for food