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Posted on Nov 18, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Battlefield Tour – Hastings

Armchair General

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Entering the Dormitory Range reveals the magnificent vaulted roofs internally, with intricate block work supported on many central pillars.

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The main chamber is quite large, with a ceiling some 30 feet high, and very well-lit internally thanks to many windows.

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The first picture here is a view from the upper level of the Dormitory Range looking across the Reredorter.

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Further chambers to the North of the Dormitory have lower ceilings, but no less incredible in the detail of their construction.

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Here are some views of the pillar detail. Alas, I’m ashamed to report that some clearly mentally deficient individuals have chosen to bedeck some of this stonework with graffiti.

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The corner of this room appears to have a gutter running through it, and may have been a kitchen area. Also, in this rearmost room, I was interested to note that the bases of the pillars were sometimes different, perhaps due to centuries of repair and maintenance.

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Outside to the North of the Dormitory, one finds the remains of the Parlour, the stumps of the pillars still visible on the ground.

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Finally, some views looking South showing the construction of this fine building.

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1 Comment

  1. Nice work, Andrew. I appreciate the photos of the battlefield. I am a public historian (M.A. plus public history training and work experience) and I would give anything to come over give tours of that special place. Thank you for the photo tour. I enjoyed it. Best, Jim

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