An Introduction to The Friends

The Friends of St Gregory's Minster

“The Friends of St Gregory’s Minster” is a charity

registered with the Charity Commission, Charity Number 700344.




Welcome to the Friends of St Gregory's Minster, which is a charity for the conservation of this beautiful and ancient church and making known its history. We would be delighted for you to join us. See Membership Information


"Orm Gamalson bought St Gregory's Minster when it was all ruined and collapsed and he caused it to be made anew from the ground for Christ and for St Gregory in the days of Edward the King and in the days of Tosti the Earl"*

The Anglo-Saxon sundial above the south entrance door records the first Friend: Orm Gamalson who, in about AD 1060, rebuilt the ruined minster that had originally enjoyed high status since its founding in the 7th century. The Friends continue to support the preservation of this nationally important heritage via a program of conservation works together with the Joint Church Council. 

For a fuller account of the context of the Minster's history, including the sundial, see the Historical Notes in the History and Archaeology pages. 

Learning and Education

St Gregory sent St Augustine on his mission to convert the English to Christianity in AD 597. The Minster is therefore dedicated to an individual who understood the importance of education. With such a long past and connection to different cultures, the Friends look to:

- investigate together and learn further of the church's history; there is an impressive amount of continuing scholarship and academic interest in the minster.

- educate others of the important history via annual lectures, publications and archives.

Investigate further on our Publications page. For publications by others see our Archaeology In Kirkdale page and, for those wishing to research information relating directly to Kirkdale, see our Primary Resources page.

Social Events

The Friends bring together all those who have a common interest and regard for the minster and its heritage. Come and meet other like-minded people at the lunches, lectures, organised trips and other events.

Keep up to date via the News and Activities page


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