The Cistercians were renowned
for their commitment to manual
work, which they reinstated as a
central part of the monastic day. In the early days, the monks
and lay-brothers would also have worked together to construct the
necessary buildings, barns and fences, and also to cultivate the
land and harvest the crops.
The following images illustrate the Cistercians at work and also
show artefacts such as tools and building materials.