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Southwell Town Information

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The Minster - Photo © Andy Stephenson
The Minster - Photo: Andy Stephenson CCL

Ruins of Bishop's Palace Taken from The Minster - Photo © Christine Hasman
Ruins of Bishop's Palace Taken from The Minster
Photo: Christine Hasman CCL

This busy, historic town owes its long-standing importance to its remarkable cathedral, the twin-towered Southwell Minster, which dates back to the early 12th century. Although it has been altered over the centuries it possesses 13th century foliate tracery - known as the ‘leaves of Southwell’ - and an Early English chancel. It can be seen for miles around but was only granted cathedral status in the 19th century. The Saracen’s Head pub has an interesting claim to fame. It was from here in 1647 that Charles 1 surrendered himself to a Scottish army.