A good walk: Southwell and Robin Hood Way, Notts

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    � Southwell minster
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Christopher Somerville

Published at 12:01AM, January 3 2015

Southwell is a snug, self-sufficient little Nottinghamshire town, full of gorgeous red-brick houses, with the spectacularly large and beautiful minster as its pride and joy. There�s a warm honey glow to the stone, and a treasure of carvings still sharp in detail. Contorted faces peep and grin from the 14th-century choir screen � a peasant riding a laughing king, a churl giving his bum a good scratch. In the chapter house are leaves of oak and field maple, exquisitely fashioned, and a riot of tiny, boldly staring green men, some defaced by the sword cuts of Puritan zealots.

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