There has been a church here since Paulinus, the first Bishop of York, established one in 627 AD after he had visited the area and baptised Christians in the River Trent. In 956 AD King gave land at Southwell to the Bishop of York to build a church. A stone plinth from that church is installed over a lintel in the current
The lovely Western 'Angels' window, by Patrick Reyntiens, was installed in 1996. The original windows were replaced in the 15th century with a perpendicular window. Reyntiens described it as " a great gathering of angels enjoying being with God, just all joy and worship".
That seems to be a tradition carried on in the music of the church. We were there as the choir rehearsed for choral evensong - there was joy in their singing - a superbe sound.
There are a number of modern sculptures in the Minster. Christos Rex, a sculpture of oak and elm overlaid with copper and gold leaf was created by Peter Ball in 1986.
I also liked Peter Ball's Christ the Light of the World.
the 'new' font, installed in 1661 following the disappearance of the old one in the Civil War
and the pulpit, telling the story of Paulinus founding the church.
There are some simple brasses and a cope chest
The carvings are crumbling - a feature, probably, of the sandstone.
Some are still in good condition and the vaulting is lovely.
It was an uplifting visit. I love seeing the continuity - of pieces of the church in the time of Bede still being developed and strengthened with contemporary interpretation of faith,