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Southwell Minster
Southwell is a town in the Newark and Sherwood district of Nottingham. Southwell Minster became a Church of England cathedral in 1884, when the diocese of Southwell was formed. The name of the diocese was changed in 2005 to Southwell and Nottingham. Southwell is also noted for the former palace of the Archbishops of York, and for being where the Bramley apple was first grown in 1809.

LGBT history

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.[1]


  1. (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