Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire. Location map
 
  Scene showing Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, England   Southwell Minster.

Southwell Minster occupies a large site very near the town centre with entrances in Church Street and Westgate. There is free parking in Church Street and there is a car park also in Church Street opposite the minster where parking for two hours is free.

The building of the minster started in the early 12th century and was finished by the start of the 14th century but wasn't designated as a cathedral until the 19th century. It has a very distictive appearance probably because of its twin 'pepperpot' towers.

 

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  View of the Nave, Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England   Southwell Minster.

The 12th century Nave is a typical, imposing, Norman nave with large cylindrical columns, triforium arches and a clerestory above and has remained virtually unaltered since it was built.

This view is from the west end along to the central tower crossing with the 14th century Quire Screen beyond.

 

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  View of the screen and organ, Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England   Southwell Minster.

This view is looking through the tower crossing to the early 14th century Quire Screen with the organ above.

 

 

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  View of the Quire, Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England   Southwell Minster.

The original Norman Quire was replaced by the current one which dates from the 13th century and is Early English in style. You may notice that the triforium has disappeared and the clerestory rises immediately above the lower arcade.

This view is from the east end looking towards the tower crossing.

 

 

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Read our report of this trip to Southwell, Nottinghamshire on the Blog.