Although now some miles away from the coastline, up until
the 11th Century the village of Minster lay right on the
estuary to the River Wantsum, making it one of the nearest
ports to the continent.Ships used to sail past on their
way to London and regularly anchored at what are now arable
fields below the Church grounds.
the year 449 the Jutish Chieftains Hengist and Horsa landed
in the parish of Minster and established the first recorded
settlement of what was to become the English Race.
The village's name comes from the Saxon
word 'Ministre', meaning Church or Monastery. This name
was probably the result of the erection of the Nunnery in
the 7th Century.
was once again the site of major change in the year 597
when St. Augustine, commissioned by Pope Gregory landed
on the shores of Minster and brought Christianity to Britain.
When the River Stour silted up Minster
lost its status as a port and some of its importance. However
its historical significance remains unchanged and the village
is full of reminders of its colourful past.
How did Minster come to have a Hind
as the village emblem?
is widely believed, around 670 AD, whether in truth or legend,
that the Hind emblem owes its origin to Egbert, King of
Kent and Princess Domneva. The King purportedly asked Domneva
which piece of land she wished to take as compensation for
the murder of her two brothers. Her answer was that she
would take no more than her hind would run around. This
the King granted her with pleasure, and the land became
the new Minster.
If you would like to see the 1881 Minster
Census, please click
here to download it in pdf format. (234kb)
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