Doncaster Minster

Doncaster Minster

The Minster Church of St. George Doncaster occupies the site, the historical seat of
Doncaster, where centuries ago stood a Roman fort and later a small Norman Motte and
Bailey castle.
A church dedicated to St. George has stood here since the 12th century and over the
following 700 years it grew in size to cater for the needs of what became a prosperous town.
The magnificent church was totally destroyed by fire in February 1853 and within days the
people of Doncaster decided to rebuild it.
Initial fundraising enabled the appointment of the renowned architect George Gilbert Scott
and the foundation stone for the new building was laid by the Archbishop of York exactly
one year after the fire.
The majority of the stone used in the new church was donated by the owner of the Cusworth
estate and 4 years and 8 months after he had laid the foundation stone the Archbishop of
York consecrated the new church which has been described as one of the finest examples of
Victorian Gothic Architecture in the country.
The total cost of the new church was £43,126 4s 5d. all of it raised by the generosity of the
people of the Doncaster area.
To find out more about the history and heritage of the Minster please visit the website:-
www.doncasterminster.co.uk
The Minster is open to the public Monday –Saturday, 10.30am until 3.30pm when you will
receive a warm welcome.