Southwell Minster


Printed Sources

Anon. (1890) ‘Miscellanea : Southwell Minster’, The Reliquary, Vol IV (NS) 108-110.

Beaumont, J., (2001) The Stained Glass of Southwell Minster, Southwell Cathedral Chapter

Beaumont R. M., (1956, Final Revision 1994) The Chapter of Southwell Minster, English Life Publications Ltd

Boutell, C., (1854), Christian monuments in England and Wales: an historical and descriptive sketch of the various classes of sepulchral monuments which have been in use in this country from about the era of the Norman conquest to the time of Edward the Fourth, London: G. Bell

Brooke, H., (1997) Closed for Business: Ewan Christian’s Restoration of Southwell Minster 1848-1888, Southwell Minster Cathedral Council

Brown, C., (1896)  A History of Nottinghamshire

Burton, J. (ed.), (1988) English Episcopal Acta V York 1070-1154, British Academy

Chapman, S. and Walker, D., (2009) Minster People, Southwell and District Local History Society

Cox, J. C., (1912) The Churches of Nottinghamshire

Cutts, E. L., (1849) A Manual for the Study of the Sepulchral Slabs and Crosses of the Middle Ages, Oxford: J. H. Parker

Dawson, G. A., (1995) The Church Bells of Nottinghamshire Vol 3, Privately published

Dimock J. F., (1853) The Architectural History of the Church of the Blessed Mary the Virgin, Southwell, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, vol VIII

Dimock J. F., (1854) The Fortunes of the Church of the Blessed Mary the Virgin of Southwell through the troubles of the sixteenth century, Associated Architectural Societies vol III Pt 1

Dimock, A., (1901) The Cathedral Church of Southwell

Dixon, P., Coates, N. and Hale, P., (2008)  Southwell Minster: A History and Guide, Southwell Cathedral Council

Everitt, M. (2020) A K Nicholson not Sir William - The Becher Window, Southwell Minster Fact Sheet No. 312

Hale, P., (1996) The Organs of Southwell Minster, Southwell Cathedral Council

James, W.A., (1932)  Index of Prebends and Prebendaries of Parishes in Notts,  (Handwritten notebook in Southwell Minster Historic Chapter Library)

Jones, M. et al, (2011) Chapter, County and Country, The Dean and Chapter of Southwell Minster (booklet published in conjunction with Exhibition of same title)

Kelly, F., (1998) 'The Romanesque crossing capitals of Southwell Minster', in Alexander, J. S. (editor), Southwell and Nottinghamshire. Medieval art, architecture and industry. The British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, XXI, The British Archaeological Association, 13-23

Killpack, W. B., (1839) The History and Antiquities of the Collegiate Church of Southwell

Latham, P., (1998) Southwell Minster: A Plain Guide, Southwell Cathedral Council

Latham, P., (1990) The Romans Were Here, Newark and Sherwood District Council

Leach, A.F. (ed.), (1894) Visitations and Memorials of Southwell Minster, London: Camden Society

Livett, G. M., (1883) An Account of the Collegiate and Cathedral Church of Southwell

Lovatt, M. (ed.) (2004) English Episcopal Acta 27 York 1189-1212, British Academy

Nottinghamshire Family History Society  (1998), Schedule of Gravestones, Ledger Stones, Monuments, Dedications, Record Series Vol 118

Numerous articles, announcements, paragraphs and short notes which appeared in the Southwell Diocesan Magazine between 1889 and 1940

O’Neill, J., (2002) The Life and Times of J T Becher, Privately published

Ottey, J L, (2005) The Story of Southwell Minster, Privately published

Pevsner, N., (1945) The Leaves of Southwell, King Penguin Books

Pevsner, N., (1979) The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire (2nd edition, revised by Elizabeth Williamson Harmondsworth), Penguin.

Rogers, A., (1974) Southwell Minster After the Civil Wars, University of Nottingham, Department of Adult Education

Selected articles, reports and research papers which appeared in the Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire between 1897 and 2012

Summers, N., (1972) Southwell Minster, Pitkin Pictorials Ltd

Summers, N., (1994) The Chapter House of Southwell Minster, English Life Publications Ltd

[The] Register of Walter Gray, Lord Archbishop of York, (1870)

[The] Register of William Greenfield Lord Archbishop of York 1306-1315, Part IV (1938); Part V (1940)

[The] Register of William Melton Archbishop of York 1317-1340, Vol V (2002)

Temple, P., (2012) Robert Kiddey (1900-1984): Artist and Teacher, Newark Civic Trust Magazine, Issue 66, 14-17

Throsby, J., (1796) The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire Vol III (Robert Thoroton’s work of 1677 revised and expanded by Throsby)

Stenton, F., (1956) The Founding of Southwell Minster, Reprint of a Lecture given in the Minster on 22 September 1956

Stenton, F., (1971) Anglo-Saxon England. 3rd edition. Oxford: OUP.

Summers, N.,(1974) A Prospect of Southwell, Kelham House Publications

Thorold, H., (1992) Southwell Minster English Life Publications Ltd

Truman, N., (1948) ‘Ancient Glass in Nottinghamshire’, Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, Vol. LII, 58-68.

Online Resources

British History Online (

'St Mary, Southwell, Nottinghamshire', Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain & Ireland (

Images of England (

English Heritage Listed Buildings Database (

Personal Discussion

The preparation of this entry would not have been possible without the benefit of many authoritative discussions with a number of people who have served the minster for many years and are steeped in the church’s history. John Meredith (formerly Head Verger), Andrew Todd (Head Verger in 2016), Canon John Toy (Honorary Librarian, Theological Library in 2016), Brian Whitehouse (formerly Honorary Librarian, Historic Chapter Library), Christine Whitehouse (Honorary Librarian, Historic Chapter Library in 2016) and Canon Michael Austin are here recognised.