Sacrista Prebend Retreat House

Retreats and conferences in Southwell, Nottinghamshire

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The House

The Prebends of Southwell were established from the eleventh century onwards. By 1291, the number had grown to sixteen. With a short interruption during the sixteenth century the Prebendal arrangement continued until the death of the Rev Thomas Henry Shepherd in 1873. This feature of Southwell’s history is best preserved as the Prebendal houses, ten of which survive to this day. All are now private residences or office accommodation apart from Sacrista Prebend.

Since the mid-nineteenth century Sacrista Prebend served as the headmaster's house for Southwell Minster School, and more recently as a choristers’ boarding house. It was reordered and opened in its present form in 2000. There are extensive grounds and the House is a member of the Quiet Gardens Movement.

The House is owned by Southwell Minster Cathedral Chapter. Its activities are overseen by a part-time warden. An enthusiastic body of volunteers support hospitality and gardening.

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Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm. Weekends only when there are booked events

Sacrista Prebend Retreat House, 4 Westgate, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0JH
01636 816833 |

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