Howden Minster (St Peter & St Paul), Howden
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Howden is one of the prettiest places along the M62 corridor and Howden Minster is one of the most exciting buildings in Yorkshire. It was built by the Prince Bishops of Durham in the middle ages to serve Howdenshire but suffered badly after the Reformation when the townspeople kept the nave as their parish church, leaving the east end to fall into ruin (now in the guardianship of English Heritage).
Today, the Minster Parish covers the town of Howden and surrounding villages & hamlets including Barmby-on-the-Marsh, Asselby, Knedlington, Belby, Howden Dyke, Skelton, Kilpin, Balkholme and Sand Hall.
We are part of the Howden Team Minstry, six churches covering southern Howdenshire as far east as Newport.
Worship regularly uses both BCP and Common Worship. The Minster Musicians include both an RSCM-affiliated robed choir and the Minster Consort of instrumentalists of all ages.
Major restoration work took place 2006-2011. We are striving to serve the whole of the local community: offering a variety of styles of worship and working closely with local schools and to promote the arts. We have recently become part of the Yorkshire Turner Trail: see link.
We are committed to being open to visitors every Thursday during term-time and are usually open via the great west doors 9.15 until 4 on other days, especially over the summer months. Please contact us if planning a special journey to avoid disappointment, as events (funerals etc.) sometimes mean that the minster is unavailable for visitors. The exterior of the ruined east end (English Heritage) is viewable at any reasonable time.
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