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 Nottinghamshire Southwell Minster


Set in a quiet market town, Southwell Minster—with its majestic Norman nave and glorious 13th-century chapter house—is one of the least known jewels in the crown of Nottinghamshire.
It has often been said that Southwell Minster is the best kept secret among the forty-two English Cathedrals—and the least visited. However, more and more people are discovering the beauty of this Cathedral and Parish Church. In 1947 Sir Nikolaus Pevsner produced his book The Leaves of Southwell. It has recently been reprinted and many people come from all over the world to see the magnificent Chapter House—‘among chapter houses as the rose among flowers’—is one memorable description of it!

All are welcome to come to the Cathedral as visitors or pilgrims, Southwell—always a Minster Church but the Cathedral Church of the Diocese since 1884—was built for the Worship and Glory of God. ‘It was faith that built these churches, raised these vaults and towers, faith that moved the masons, carpenters and glaziers to cut the stones, carve the stalls, fill the windows with jewel-like glass—faith which moves mountains. These buildings were designed to bring Heaven to men and men to Heaven’ (Henry Thorold’s introduction to Cathedrals, Abbeys and Priories of England and Wales).
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