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A complex of buildings inhabited by a community of men living in seclusion under religious vows.


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Term Note
ABBEY The buildings of a monastic community presided over by an abbot or abbess.
ALMONRY A building adjacent to a monastery where alms were distributed to the poor
CATHEDRAL The principal church of a diocese in which the cathedra or bishop's throne is to be found.
CELL A monastic enclave dependent on a mother house.
CHAPTER HOUSE The building attached to a cathedral or collegiate church where the dean, prebendaries or monks and canons met for the transaction of business.
CLOISTER A covered walk, walled on one side and usually arcaded on the other, surrounding or partly surrounding an open area in a monastery or similar complex of Christian buildings.
FARM A tract of land, often including a farmhouse and ancillary buildings, used for the purpose of cultivation and the rearing of livestock, etc. Use more specific type where known.
FRIARY A religious house occupied by men of mendicant religious orders (friars).
GATEHOUSE A gateway with one or more chambers over the entrance arch; the flanking towers housing stairs and additional rooms. Use with wider site type where known.
GRANGE The residence and outbuildings of an outlying farm or estate, especially that held by a monastery or other religious order.
GUEST HALL A residence for guests, usually part of a religious house.
HOSPITAL A building or complex where care and treatment are provided to the sick, aged, infirm and poor. Use narrower term where possible.
INFIRMARY A building where the sick are cared for. Use where part of a wider complex, otherwise use HOSPITAL.
KITCHEN A building or room where food is prepared and cooked.
MANOR An area of land consisting of the lord's demesne and of lands from whose holders he may exact certain fees, etc.
MONASTIC SETTLEMENT Buildings and land associated with a monastery.
NUNNERY A complex of buildings inhabited by a community of women, such as nuns or canonesses, living in seclusion under religious vows.
PRECEPTORY A manor or estate owned and run by an order of knights and governed by a preceptor.
PRIORY A lesser monastery headed by a prior, often linked to a cathedral or dependent on a mother house.
ROUND TOWER A tall, narrow tower, circular in cross section. Usually of early Medieval date and associated with, although detached from, a church or monastery.
VALLUM A boundary comprising a ditch and one or more earth banks. Usually associated with either a monastery or a Roman military installation. Linked Data resource