About the minster
The small Georgian market town of Southwell boasts the lovely 12th century Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin. The nave is a glorious example of Norman architecture, leading to a fine Early English Quire. The 13th Century Chapter House is perhaps the finest feature with some of the best carvings of the natural world in the country and is the great climax of a visit to Southwell, its greatest and most glorious surprise. Henry Thorold in his Shell Guide to Nottinghamshire (1984) described it “among Chapter Houses as a rose among flowers”. The countryside and life around the Cathedral are illustrated by pigs eating acorns, foxes stealing grapes, dogs chasing hares -together with a huge variety of plants from the surrounding countryside.
So come and visit Southwell and find out for yourself “Everywhere around is an atmosphere of peace and in the Minster there’s one of prayer” as John Betjeman observed.