. The Victoria history of the county of Bedford. Natural history. A HISTORY OF BEDFORDSHIRE this position a few years since. It may even be part of the tomb of the foundress, Rohesia de Beauchamp, though of course of later date than that of her death. A drain has been discovered leading towards the stream from the south-west angle of the buildings, and the rere dorter must have stood in this position. The kitchen must have stood near the south-west angle, but the eighteenth-century builders have destroyed any traces which may have remained. The south wall of the church still exists to some hei

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. The Victoria history of the county of Bedford. Natural history. A HISTORY OF BEDFORDSHIRE this position a few years since. It may even be part of the tomb of the foundress, Rohesia de Beauchamp, though of course of later date than that of her death. A drain has been discovered leading towards the stream from the south-west angle of the buildings, and the rere dorter must have stood in this position. The kitchen must have stood near the south-west angle, but the eighteenth-century builders have destroyed any traces which may have remained. The south wall of the church still exists to some hei Stock Photo
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. The Victoria history of the county of Bedford. Natural history. A HISTORY OF BEDFORDSHIRE this position a few years since. It may even be part of the tomb of the foundress, Rohesia de Beauchamp, though of course of later date than that of her death. A drain has been discovered leading towards the stream from the south-west angle of the buildings, and the rere dorter must have stood in this position. The kitchen must have stood near the south-west angle, but the eighteenth-century builders have destroyed any traces which may have remained. The south wall of the church still exists to some hei
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. The Victoria history of the county of Bedford. Natural history. A HISTORY OF BEDFORDSHIRE this position a few years since. It may even be part of the tomb of the foundress, Rohesia de Beauchamp, though of course of later date than that of her death. A drain has been discovered leading towards the stream from the south-west angle of the buildings, and the rere dorter must have stood in this position. The kitchen must have stood near the south-west angle, but the eighteenth-century builders have destroyed any traces which may have remained. The south wall of the church still exists to some height, but the only feature of interest is the soath-west doorway of the nave, of good thirteenth-century work, like the rest of the building, with pairs of shafts in the jambs, and an arch of two moulded orders. It seems clear that no work which can be contem- porary with the foundation of the priory is now left the canons, whose buildings were at some distance from the church to the north-east, had a cloister about loo ft. square. At Chicksands the only re- maining cloister is about 76 ft. square, and it is im- possible to say to which division of the house it belonged. If the ratio of size to numbers at Watton may be used as a basis, it should have been that of the canons, but in the absence of more definite knowledge, it is advisable to leave the question open. Tradition speaks of another cloister on the north side of the church, and burials have been discovered during the making of a garden north-east of the site of the church. The church and one cloister were probably destroyed soon after the Suppression, and the remaining cloister converted into a dwelling-house. Its arrangements at TT XI '> 1 ««~, '^'r^ :Fe % ^ ^ *f C T. WMMTiP^r^ ^^4r ^^-^..^ Seventeenth-Century Plan of Chicksands Priory : Scale about 24 ft. to i in. standing, unless part of the south wall of the church may be of that date, and nothing definite can be said of the rest of the monastic buildings. Gilb