Historic Chapter Library

The historic Chapter Library holds books and manuscripts of major importance to the history of the Minster. The original library was destroyed in 1645 during the Civil War and was rebuilt through the generosity of Edward Lee of Norwell, and many other benefactors in 1690.

The Library is open to visitors by appointment, and is usually open on Bank Holiday Mondays to view a small exhibition.

For enquiries, or to arrange a visit, please contact: library@southwellminster.org.uk
01636 817291 (answerphone).

Open Days

Visitors at an Historic Chapter Library Open DayThe library will be open on the following dates, including a small themed display.

  • 22 April (Easter Monday) 10.30am – 3pm
  • 6 May (1st May bank holiday) 10.30am – 3pm
  • 27 May (late May bank holiday) 10.30am – 3pm

Please be aware that access to the library is up a steep stairway. We can accommodate a maximum of eight visitors at a time. Children over seven are welcome, accompanied by an adult.