Timber screen at Polsloe Priory

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Timber screen at Polsloe Priory

The standing west range of Polsloe priory dates to c. 1310-30. One of its most impressive features is the unique timber screen at the service end of the guest hall, which stood on the first floor. This view looks up to the arches of timber at the service end of the guest hall in 1976. On the ground floor is a massive timber post (Samson post) supporting the first floor screen. The floor of the hall formerly butted the screen at first floor level; the arches gave access to chambers, presumably used by guests, and to the kitchen.

In recent years a new first-floor has replaced the lost original.

Acknowledgments: Exeter Archaeology