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Artist's impression of a tabula
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Artist's impression of a tabula

A wooden clapper that was sounded by the prior to summon the monks to eat, wash or attend a meeting. This wooden board hung outside the chapter-house and was struck with a mallet. The tabula was also used during the Easter period when no bells were allowed to be rung. If one of the community was about to die the tabula was sounded continually to call the brethren to gather around the dying man. The community’s notice-board that hung in the east gallery of the cloister was also called a tabula.