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by Michael Ford, Country House Editor
Southwell MinsterDay 6 - On to Southwell.
Southwell Minster is a splendid Norman building dating from 1108. The pyramid shaped roofs on the two west towers give it the appearance of a true Norman church, exactly how it would have originally looked. The inside is magnificent and it has an outstanding Chapter House.
The ruins of the Bishop's Palace can be seen alongside the churchyard but are private.
There are many prebendal houses around the Minster and to the east a Vicar's Court and Residence of 1689. They all go to show the importance of the Minster as a collegiate church.
Part of the wing of a very large Roman villa was excavated here in 1959 and lies beneath the Minster and its churchyard.
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