Protecting the local environment

Southwell Civic Society is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation engaged in actively promoting high standards of planning and architecture in and around the historic town of Southwell. Our aim is to safeguard existing buildings of merit from demolition or neglect whilst celebrating well-designed new buildings and extensions.


The Town of Southwell

Southwell is the smallest cathedral town in England. The centre of the town is largely Georgian in character although a number of the buildings are much older. There are 243 listed properties in the town including the Minster and the medieval Archbishop's Palace which are Grade 1, and the medieval Saracen's Head and Vicars' Court which are Grade 2*.

To find out more about the history of Southwell - click here.

To see why the Southwell area is a special place - click here.


Southwell Civic Society

Southwell Civic Society was formed in 1971 to resist growing pressure to radically alter the town. The Society is an independent, non-political, voluntary Charitable Incorporated Organisation which works to protect the built and natural environment.
The Society is committed to stimulating public interest in the built environment within the town and the surrounding countryside.

To see the Aims & Objectives of the Society - click here.

To see the Society's response to Local Planning Consultations - click here.

To contact the Society - click here.

Photographic Archive

This is just a selection of some of the hundreds of images in the Society's archive. To view the full gallery click here.

Aerial Views

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The Alfred Loughton Collection

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