St George's Minster, Doncaster
The Minster and
Parish Church of St George, Doncaster,
also known as Doncaster Minster, is a parish church in
the Church of England. It is one of the Greater Churches.
Minster stands right in the heart of the town, where it is thought that there
has been a church since the 11th century. Even before there was a church,
there had been continuous activity on the site dating back to at least AD71
making the site a rich repository of human history of local and national
importance. In 2004 the church was designated as the Minster and Parish
Church of St George by the Bishop of Sheffield.
original 12th-century Norman building burnt down on the last
day of February 1853. This fire resulted in the loss of the medieval library
which was above the south porch.
current building was designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1853 and
constructed between 1854 and 1858 at a cost of £43,126 4s 5d.
was consecrated by the Archbishop of York on 14 October 1858.
is one of Doncaster's most architecturally important buildings evidenced by
its Grade I listing and was described by
Sir John Betjeman as "Victorian Gothic
at its very best". It was given minster status
by the Bishop of Sheffield on 17 June 2004.
its treasures are a clock by Dent (the designer of the Palace of
Westminster Clock, more usually known as Big Ben) and a spectacular 5
manual organ by the renowned German organ
builder Edmund Schulze (1824–1877).
minster has eight bells with a tenor of 29 long cwt 2 qr 17 lb (3,321 lb or 1,506 kg).