Click for the home page                                            



   the toilet bock

    or necessarium


The sanitation at the Abbey was excellent compared to what was found in the town of Reading. The toilet and bathroom block of the monastery, the Reredorter, Necessarium or Necessary House, was situated by the river to the south of the Dormitory, with water from the Holy Brook running through to flush away the sewage.
Copyright Reading Museum Service from "Reading Abbey", published by Reading Museum & Art Gallery 1988.

click to return to Discovering Reading Abbey