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Remains of an Augustinian reredorter, Portchester Castle

These unassuming holes are some the few surviving reminders of a 12th century Augustinian Priory that once stood inside the grounds of Portchester Castle. The feature, which is integrated into the Roman-built defensive wall, are the garderobe chutes that formed part of a reredorter. This is the name given to the communal toilet in mediaeval monasteries. Waste material simply fell into the water to be carried away by the tide. Such a facility  was regraded as most hygienic in the medieval period.

Copyright: Gary Davies
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11684x5842
Taken: 05/06/2013
Uploaded: 30/01/2020
Updated: 12/02/2020


Tags: augustinian; priory; garderobe chutes; portchester castle; hampshire; 12th century; roman walls; defences; fortification; religion; medieval; portsmouth harbour; coast; coastal; seascape; historic building; heritage; toilet; roman; walls; reredorter; lavatory; lavatory
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