Keys to the Past

Glossary

Chapter house

Place in a monastery where meetings were held to discuss all the organisational matters. Before each meeting chapter of The Bible was read for guidance before all those at the meeting. These buildings, if they survive, are often ornate and may be shaped as a hexagon to allow all the monks to have a seat on the benches that lined the walls. Abbots and patrons to the monastery may also have been buried in the chapter house.

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