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10. Southwell and Southwell Minster

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Southwell and Southwell Minster

Southwell is a sedate Nottinghamshire market town distinguished by Southwell Minster, whose twin towers are visible for miles around, and the fine Georgian Mansions facing it along Church Street. It also has strong Civil War connections: Charles I spent his last night of freedom at the Saracen’s Head Hotel. Other distinguished figures such as Edward Cludd, who saved the Minster during the Civil War, Lord Byron and Cardinal Wolsey have lived in the town. Southwell is also the ‘birthplace’ of the famous Bramley Apple.

A short distance from the town on the road to Newark is Southwell Workhouse (01636) 817251, a formidable brick-built institution which tells the story of the care of the poor in 19th-century Britain.

Southwell Minster
Southwell Minster is said by many to be the best kept secret among the forty two English cathedrals. The Normans built the Minster at the beginning of the 12th century and, although some elements were added later, their design predominates, from the imposing west towers through to the dog-tooth decoration of the doorways and the bull’s eye windows of the clerestry. The chapter house is embellished with naturalistic foliage dating from the late 13th century, some of the earliest carving of its type in England.

Minster Centre
Nearby is the Minster Centre with an audio-visual theatre showing a film on the life of the Minster, a theological library, a gallery with a collection of antiquarian prints of the Minster, a bookshop selling guides, postcards, gifts, etc. and a refectory for light meals and refreshments. 

Southwell Minster Address:
The Minster Office
Bishop’s Drive
NG25 0JP
England, UK

Southwell Minster Opening Times: 
Summer 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Winter 8.00 am to dusk
The Minster is open every day

Southwell Minster Admission:
There is no fee for admission but a suggested donation of £3.00 for those waged and £1.00 for unwaged and children. A digitally-recorded audio guide can be borrowed, deposit of £5.00 (of which £2.00 will be returned)
Southwell Minster Guided Tours
Guided tours for parties can be arranged through the Minster office, please phone the number below for details.

T  +44 (0)1636 812649

F  +44 (0)1636 817284

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