History

The Minster of St. Mary-the-Virgin is a Grade 1 Listed Building of unquestionable historic and architectural importance. 

Its earliest origins can be placed more than a thousand years ago and throughout this long history, there can be traced a remarkable survival story, encountering the Civil and World War attacks and extensive restorations in the sixteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

On these pages you can read a detailed history of the Minster, find out about the bells and stained glass and take a virtual tour of the building.