With the first cornerstone laid in 1101, the Minster is thought to be Great Yarmouth’s oldest building in continuous use. In common with most urban churches over the ages, it would not originally have just been a house of worship, but also hospital, almshouse, refectory and many other support services for the community and travellers.
Its attraction is not just its architectural splendour, The Minster has a fascinating history, involving familiar names such as Charles Dickens, Horatio Lord Nelson, Daniel Defoe (of Robinson Crusoe fame) and Anna Sewell (who penned Black Beauty). More recent Royal visitors include HM The Queen and HRH Prince Charles.
Here is a brief timeline of some of the key events for The Minster:
Nine Centuries of History at The Minster