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Southwell Minster

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Identification

Southwell Minster
Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
263520

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]

Usages

church

Facts

  • According to legend, Paulinus, missionary archbishop of York is said to have founded a church in Southwell in 627 AD.
  • A church was founded on the Minster's site in 956 AD; apart from the tessellated floor, the only other remaining part of this Saxon church is the tympanum (lintel) over the North transept's doorway which dates from the late 11th century.
  • In 1234 the Norman Quire was replaced with the current one which is Early English Gothic.
  • The exceptional Chapter House was built in 1286.
  • The church was severely damaged by Oliver Cromwell's troops during the English Civil War of the mid-16th century.
  • The church was damaged by fire in 1711.
  • In 1884 Southwell Minster became the cathedral for the newly formed Diocese of Southwell.
  • In 1881 the distinctive pyramidal lead spires were added to the west towers; they are known locally as 'pepperpots' but in fact are Rhenish caps and are unique in Britain.

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Location

Bishop's Drive
NG25
Southwell
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

1108
1286
1888
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