Southwell Minster (2), Nottinghamshire. Location map
 
  Scene showing the Chapter House entrance, Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, England   Southwell Minster.

The late 13th century Chapter House is famed for its stone carvings - the 'Leaves of Southwell'. There isn't an English church in the land where we could see a greater profusion of such magnificent stone carving.

The entrance door shows some of that carving.

 

 

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  View of the Chapter House interior, Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England   Southwell Minster.

The interior wall features continuous arcading with some magnificent carving and there are low seats on the stone bench for members of the Chapter.

 

 

 

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  View of the Chapter House ceiling, Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England   Southwell Minster.

The Chapter House is octagonal in shape and the vaulted ceiling is a triumph of Gothic masoncraft as it dispenses with the central supporting column found in some Chapter Houses.

 

 

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  View of the leaf carvings, Chapter House, Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England   Southwell Minster.

A closer view of some of the leaf carvings. These carvings are very delicate and are easily broken. You can probably see some small holes where damage has occurred. The carvers of Southwell recorded leaves from the trees and hedgerows of the countryside including Oak, Hawthorn and Apple.

 

 

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