Visitations and Memorials of Southwell Minster

Visitations and Memorials of Southwell Minster

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Visitations and Memorials of Southwell Minster

Visitations and Memorials of Southwell Minster

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Southwell with its Minster is a curious instance of a place of architectural beauty and historical interest of the first rank, which owing to its lying on a bypath, apart from the great highways of traffic and travel, has fallen almost into oblivion. In pre- Reformation times Southwell, owing to the Minster and the adjoining palace of the Archbishops of York, near the great Fossway, and the important castles of Newark and Nottingham, was the frequent resort of kings and magnates. Now, being on a small branch line between Mansfield and Newark accessible only by a special journey, and lying off the main road, it has sunk into something less than a market town and is passed by on the other side by a hurrying world.

The locus in quo.

Yet it is far more worth a visit than many a much-frequented spot. The Minster, lying in a most striking situation, in green meadows bordering the old-world town of Southwell, is of cathedral proportions, and contains in its chapter-house one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, gem of Gothic architecture in the world; while as a collegiate church of almost cathedral dignity and immemorial antiquity, whose constitution remained essentially unchanged from the time of King Edgar to the time of Queen Victoria, it possesses a historical interest which is absolutely unique. Besides, the half-restored ruins of the noble palace of the Archbishop of York, with its memories of Wolsey (and other archbishops, in their time as great as he), almost touching . . .

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