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Cloister-garth at Salisbury Cathedral
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A garth is a small area of enclosed ground, as in apple-garth, meaning an apple orchard, or stack-garth, where hayricks were stored.[1] A cloister-garth is the area within the cloisterCovered walkway usually set out in the form of a square. of a monastery, and was often used as a vegetable or herb garden. The term is derived from the Old Norse garðr, meaning “enclosed ground used as a yard or paddock”,[2] from which the terms yard and garden are in turn derived.[3]



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