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by David Nash Ford BA,
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Immediately north of the Minster
The Dean's Park is the quiet area of lawn and trees, north of the Minster: a pleasant place to sit and read or have a picnic. It was the site of the old archiepiscopal palace, built in the 13th century, abandoned three hundred years later and left to crumble. Only the palace chapel (now the Minster Library) and a short section of arcading remains. This latter is now a memorial to the Second Infantry Division who prevented the Japanese from invading India.
The Deanery itself stood on the site of the Minster Song School, but was demolished in 1831. It was a very ancient building used by King Charles I, in 1640, to summon a Great Council of Peers of the Realm instead of the more usual, and generally preferred, Parliament.
Next Stop: Minster Library
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