Carthusian monks lived virtually as hermits. Each occupied a 'two-up, two-down' cell complete with small garden, where they lived, worked and prayed. Although not much remains above foundation level at Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire, the 23 cells are clearly defined, with 15 of them located around the edge of the great cloister. One of the cells has been reconstructed and furnished to replicate how it would have looked during monastic occupation.
English Heritage commissioned Treske to make a replica bed and desk, plus chests, loom, tables, and cabinets based on contemporary 14th century Carthusian illustrations and existing pieces. The furnishings reflect the austere and simple life of the monks whose Priory, founded in 1398 and closed in 1539, was one of ten such Carthusian communities in England. Mount Grace is the best preserved and most accessible of those monasteries, situated in tranquil woodland against the backdrop of the Cleveland Hills.