Thursday 14 September 2017

Photo by DAVID ILIFF: Licence CC-BY-SA 3.0



We will assemble at the Harborne Road end of Yateley Road in Edgbaston for a 7.45 am start to our trip to Southwell, arriving at 10.00 am.




Southwell Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is popularly known as South Well Minster and is said by many to be the best kept secret among the forty-two English Cathedrals.


Although Christian worship has taken place on this site for over 1,000 years, the present Romanesque building celebrated its commencement, 900 years ago, in 2008.

Photo by DAVID ILIFF: Licence CC-BY-SA 3.0

Our visit starts with a short video about the Minster followed by a guided tour and a chance to explore this beautiful building on your own.


We will then have a lunch break (at own cost) at 12.30 before departing at 1.45 pm for the very different second half of our Southwell visit.



Walking up the paupers' path towards the Workhouse at Southwell, it is easy to imagine how the Victorian poor might have felt as they sought refuge here.  This austere building, the most complete workhouse in existence, was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute.  Its architecture was influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country. 

This rural workhouse was designed to house around 160 inmates.  They lived and worked in a strictly segregated environment with virtually no contact between the old and infirm, able-bodied men and women, and children.  We will have a chance to hear some of the stories of the people who lived here.

After our visit, we will leave at 4.15 pm to arrive back at Yateley Road at 6.30 pm (dependent upon the traffic).


The cost of this Out and About Trip is £25/members and £30/non-members.


The workhouse is run by the National Trust - if you are a member you should bring your NT card with you please.

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