Lord Byron stayed for a time in the town in 1803.
In 2014 LGBT activists led a demonstration in Southwell against the Archbishop of York on the occasion of the reopening of the Archbishop's Palace, in protest against Canon Jeremy Pemberton being refused a licence to work as a hospital chaplain in the Southwell and Nottingham diocese.
- http://www.nottinghampost.com/Gay-rights-activists-confront-Archbishop-York/story-23056309-detail/story.html (loads very slowly). Tom Norton, "Gay rights activists confront Archbishop of York in Southwell" Nottingham Post, 7 October 2014. Accessed: 2015-12-10. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6dfSuTaAT)