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28 CBMLC xi. xlvii. 19 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 t h e ph y s i c a l s ett i n g Figure 2 Durham Cathedral, north-west corner of cloister. Free-standing almaria were in the north range, backing against the south wall of the cathedral; the door to the Spendement is in the west range, close to the corner. (Photo, Gameson) the cloister there (backed against the south wall of the cathedral nave) up to the Dissolution (fig. 29 An invaluable description of how the cloister aumbries were fitted out for books is found in the late thirteenth-century Barnwell custumal.

17 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 t h e ph y s i c a l s ett i n g if not before. Finally, there were the service-books variously located in the cathedral, with additional collections of such texts held by the sacrist and in the infirmary. The cloister collections As the focus of their non-liturgical activity (including reading), the cloister was where monastic communities kept their main collections of books for personal study until at least the fifteenth century.

1420) was the upper chamber of an annexe that projects west from the south transept of the cathedral (figs. 13–14), while that at Christ Church, Canterbury (completed c. 82 Abbot Curteys (1429–46) appears to have sited the libraria at Bury St Edmunds near to the prior’s house, just north of the east end of the abbey church. 83 81 Chapter Act Book 10 ‘Hutchins’, 83. The part designed for lectures was demolished in 1753; for the original appearance, see T. Cocke and P. Kidson, Salisbury Cathedral: perspectives on the architectural history (London, 1993), ill.

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