17 July 2009

Lord Byron in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and, OK, a Load More Stuff about Southwell

Burgage Manor, The Burgage, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, was the home of the poet Lord Byron between 1804 and 1807.

There's a slight difference of opinion between the above comment and this plaque on Burgage House itself, but hey...

The Admiral Rodney, King Street, Southwell, is one of the town's oldest pubs.

The above plaque states that 'The Admiral Rodney takes its name from the famous sailor who masterminded the defeat of the Spanish navy in 1780 at Cape St. Vincent.' I wonder how many pubs commemorate pacifists.

The plaque outside the former Assembly Rooms reads 'The Assembly Rooms were designed and built in 1805 by Richard Ingleman and were used by the gentry and well-to-do for meetings, dances and entertainment. At this period Southwell was a social as well as a administrative and ecclesiastical centre, so subscribers were attracted from a wide area. Fashionable young men and women flocked to the dances, held on the first floor, while their elders enjoyed cards games and society gossip.'

Oh yes, Southwell Minster itself, here viewed facing south.

The Minster seen from the north side.

The Chapter House.



The plaque reads 'On the 5th May 1646 at 7.00 am. Charles I arrived at "The King's head" from Stamford, disguised as a clergyman

'Here he spent his last hours of freedom before being taken to Kelham to the Scottish Army Commander. he was later handed over to the English Parliamentarian Army.'


The sign reads on the outside wall of Cranfield House reads 'The Prebendal Houses of Southwell: Southwell Minster was founded ad a Collegiate Church and was served by canons whose income came from the revenues of local parishes called prebends. The canons formed the church's governing body, called the Chapter.'

'Each canon had his own house around the minster. Members of J. T. Becher's family lived at Oston I Prebend, since renamed Cranfield House, and at South Muskham Prebend.'


The remains of the bishops' palace by the Minster.

On the plaque entitled 'The Vicars' Court and the Residence' is explains 'In 1379 a College was built for the Vicars Choral around a quadrangle where once there had been a large Roman villa. The Vicars Choral were men who deputised for canons at services in the Minster.

'Around 1690 the medieval collegiate dining hall was replaced by a house for the Canon-in-Residence, William Mompesson, previously rector of eyam at the time of the 1665/6 plague. Between 1779 and 1785 the houses of the Vicars Choral and the Residence were rebuilt.'


The plaque on the house where the original Bramley tree still grows states 'The Bramley apple tree was grown from a pip by a young lady, Mary Anne Brailsford between 1809 and 1815. It was thought it came from an apple grown on a tree at the bottom of her garden (now No. 75). One seedling produced very fine apples in 1837 when the new occupier was Mr. Matthew Bramley. A local gardener, Henry Merryweather, later obtained permission to take cuttings from the tree and it was duly registered as the Bramley Seedling.'

The Bramley Apple pub.

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