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Cloister Court

The three-sided cloisters are ranged around a central courtyard, and the small stone doorways which originally led to the fellows’ rooms can still be seen. All of the ground floor rooms had a fireplace and were of a generous size. The windows which light the lower walkway are originally likely to have been unglazed, and remains of seventeenth century shutters said to belong to them.

Unusually, the cloister is double storeyed, the upper walk giving access to the fellows’ bed chambers. The cloisters are ranged around a small cobbled courtyard which has become known as the Fox Court, due to an optical illusion: as one looks through one of the three openings at the top of the old stone well, the light of the other two is reflected from the water, giving the impression that one is staring into the eyes of an animal trapped in the well.