Welcome to Southwell Minster and the glimpses this website offers of our wonderful Cathedral and Minster. Said by many to be the best kept secret among the forty-two English cathedrals, it is a gem. The Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is popularly known, as it has been for centuries, as ‘Southwell Minster’. Although Christian worship has taken place on this site for over 1000 years, the present Romanesque building celebrated its commencement, 900 years ago, in 2008. Southwell Minster became the Cathedral Church of the Diocese in 1884. As the Cathedral Church of Nottinghamshire it seeks to serve diverse communities from the farms of the Dukeries in the north, with mining and ex-mining towns, and in the south the colourful city of Nottingham with its industry, universities and teaching hospitals of international repute. This stunning place still brings visitors to their knees in wonder and awe to glimpse the glory of God. The thriving community here at the Minster invites you to come and see Southwell Minster for yourself and enjoy its charm and peace. You will be most welcome.
The Very Reverend John Guille Dean of Southwell
The work on stabilising the Palace ruins has now been successfully completed with soft capping taken from the Minster's paddock. In the Great Hall building itself a medieval archway blocked up for over 300 years has been reopened. Excavations to the pit of the new lift we are installing have revealed for the first time, since 1905, the original line of the medieval Great Hall building. For further information please see Notices and News
Exciting Development of Cathedral Shop and Refectory Complex
2014 is going to be a busy year for us as we undertake a major refurbishment of the Shop and Refectory.
The existing shop will shut from close of business on the 8th March and reopen in a temporary shop space at 7b Church Street (just into the car park between Catherine’s and the NatWest) on the 11th March. The shop hopes to offer a full range of all stock for sale during this period.
The planned completion for the project is Good Friday 18th April but it will take three to four days to fill the shop and market new products. Therefore, we hope to have a grand opening the following week on Saturday 26th April with special promotions, providing all goes to plan.
The Refectory will also be closing at 4:30pm on Saturday 8th March 2014 for refurbishment. They envisage being closed for six weeks and hope to reopen for business around mid April. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused but look forward to welcoming you back to see our exciting new look and menu!
Please note that toilet facilities during these planned works will be available over in Trebeck Hall, located off Bishop’s Drive or there are the Council's toilet facilities close by in the Church Street Car park.
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