Mount Grace Priory: Monk's Herb Garden
Maintained by English Heritage, Mount Grace Priory is today the best preserved of the ten medieval Carthusian charterhouses in England and perhaps one of the most interesting
At mount Grace Priory the Carthusian Monks lived in Cells, fifteen in number, as hermits. The cells are more like small houses consisting of three rooms downstairs, one with a fire place, while upstairs is one large room were the monk did all his work.
A corridor with a glass window overlooks the herb garden.
Each cell had its own herb garden, surrounded by a high stone wall, very secluded.
An open but roofed corridor leads from the cell to the herb garden.
Carthusian monks were and still are strict vegetarian, their food was brought to them in their cells. Carthusian monks are a silent order. They left their cells only to attend church.
One of the cells and its herb garden has been reconstructed. Considering the poverty of the times for the majority of ordinary people these cells were splendid and comfortable accommodation.
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