A Conversation for Carthusian Monks
Carthusian remains in Yorkshire
steve-the-nervous Started conversation Oct 1, 2004
Just read the article, and was fascinated and informed by it. Some years ago on holiday in Yorkshire we became fascinated by the surviving monastic remains - Fountains, Rievaulx, Byland, and so on. Mostly Cistercian, I think. You can see the power and influence these communities must have had by wandering through the remains and letting imagination reconstruct the storehouses and so on.
But the most atmospheric, we felt, was Mount Grace Priory near Osmotherley. Carthusian, and unlike all the others. There is a reconstructed cell, and you can easily see how the individual monks lived - the communication though little hatches with a right-angled kink in them so there was no risk of human contact. A lovely place, which echoes in the memory.
Thanks for bringing it back to me.
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