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Byron and Bramley Apples
Southwell Town and County

Explore Southwell Minster’s Rich History and Georgian Heritage

Nestled in a uniquely rural setting, Southwell Minster is a hidden gem surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds, and enriched by outstanding music. This month, we delve into the changing landscape of Southwell and Nottinghamshire during the 1700s and 1800s, highlighting the influx of the glorious Georgians to this charming town.

Discover the dramatic story of the Great Fire of 1711, when lightning struck the Minster on Guy Fawkes Night, nearly destroying it. Learn about Southwell’s connections to historic sites like Newstead Abbey, the poet Byron, The Workhouse, Wollaton Hall, and the plague-stricken village of Eyam.

Visitors can also explore the artistic heritage of Southwell, with insights into the visits of renowned artists Thomas Girtin and J.M.W. Turner, including a viewing of Girtin’s landscape of the Minster. Additionally, discover the history of the world’s most famous cooking apple, the Bramley, which originated here.

“Southwell was a vibrant place to be during this period, attracting figures like Byron, Turner, and Girtin, and of course, it’s the home of the Bramley Apple. There was so much happening in this era, both in Southwell and across the county. Our exhibition showcases our rich history as we prepare to become a Cathedral in 1884,” said Sarah Clemson, Visitor and Volunteer Services Officer.

Visitors are invited to follow the object trail and explore the exhibition, which begins on 1st July. For more information and to view previous months' exhibits, please visit: Exhibition | Southwell Minster.

Thomas Girtin Watercolour.

Fire Bucket – 1711 Great Fire of Southwell Minster

Bramley Apple Tree Window

Bramley Apple Tree

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