[Bell Historians] What'as in a name?

David Bryant davidbryant at ...
Tue Jul 19 12:41:31 BST 2005

>But don't forget, that we have at least two proper minsters in
>England. York and Southwell. Both of which have medieval foundations
>(as in choir and connans, not building work...)

There are a lot more than two - some of which happen to be cathedrals, some 
of which aren't. Other major ones include Ripon, Lincoln, Beverley, 
Wimborne. There are many smaller ones which can legitimately claim the title 
- e.g., in Yorkshire, Stonegrave and Kirkdale. The term 'Minster' is rather 
imprecise, but generally means an ancient missionary centre. Hence the 
CofE's recent practice of granting "minster" status is nonsensical.



More information about the Bell-historians mailing list