II: Dedicatory Inscription
West Gallery, Pillar II. The very important inscription on this pillar provides a precise date for the cloister. It reads: ANNO AB INCARNATIONE AETERNI PRINCIPIS MILLESIMO CENTESIMO FACTUM EST CLAUSTRUM ISTUD TEMPORE DOMINI ANSQUITILI ABBATIS AMEN. "In the year 1100 of the Incarnation of the Lord Eternal, this cloister was constructed, at the time of Dom Ansquitil, Abbot, Amen." After the inscription are four lines of initials: VVV, MDR, RRR, and FFF. Their meaning has not yet been deciphered.
Credit: Holly Hayes