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Lavatory Tower

Hob Uid: 464489
Location :
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TR1513057950
Summary : Lavatory tower constructed in the 1160s as part of the water system devised by Prior Wilbert for Christchurch Monastery. It was fed by a conduit North-East of the city. Two 12th century drawings show the original layout of the system, including that within the monastery precinct. It is a stone building of eight sides with a lead roof set on the North side f the cathedral. The ground floor, with open arcading, stands on eight columns with Norman arches with a central stem of four composite piers supporting the ribs of quadripartite vaults above. The upper floor was designed to be a laver, or washing place, and had eight spouts to allow for up to eight people to wash at any one time. In 1787 the font was re-sited to this tower and the area was used as a baptistery until 1896 at which time the font was returned to the nave.
More information : Lavatory Tower, Grade I. c.1160 part of Christchurch Monastery. (1)

(TR 15135795) Baptistry [NR]. (2)

Documented. (3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) City of Canterbury Kent Sept 1973 63
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Source Number : 2
Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : OS 1:500 1874
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Source Number : 3
Source : Canterbury Cathedral nave : archaeology, history and architecture
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Page(s) : 157, 163
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Source Number : 4
Source : English Heritage Monuments Protection Programme Industrial Monuments Assessment, Step 3 Reports
Source details : The Water and Sewage Industry, 2000, Kent 5a
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built 1160s
Monument End Date : 1169
Monument Start Date : 1160
Monument Type : Water Tower, Lavatorium, Conduit Head
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered 1787
Monument End Date : 1787
Monument Start Date : 1787
Monument Type : Baptistery
Evidence : Extant Building

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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 170533
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TR 15 NE 147
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