Minster’s heritage stems from its royal Saxon Abbey which, from its hilltop vantage point, no doubt dominated the skyline and was originally a Benedictine convent which was founded in the 7th century by Queen Sexburga of Kent.  Now one of the oldest functioning churches in England its unique architecture and history attracts visitors from all over the world.  The adjoining 1,000 year old Gatehouse building, now a museum, houses a wide range of exhibits depicting the Island’s heritage; take time to experience the outstanding views from the battlements that are 200 ft. above sea level. 

The Glenn Minster Village Green

From the earliest times of which we have any authentic historic record, or even tradition, settler interest in Sheppey centred in and radiated from Minster. There is evidence of people living in the town as far back as Roman times.   During the Anglo Saxon period Saxons swarmed on to the Island, threw up fortifications and settled themselves in the neighbourhood of Minster, guarding the mouth of the Thames. 
Minster-on-Sea, as it is now known, is by far the largest parish on the Island and one of the biggest in Kent.  The beach and the Leas afford some healthy exercise with the recently installed outside gym equipment.  However, a five minute walk to The Glen, newly designated as a village green, contrasts with this bustling village and will afford some spectacular views over the North Sea, the Swale and the Nore.

Sheppey Tourism Alliance have designed a leaflet all about Minster and the places to visit there. Included in the leaflets are pictures and information about each site and a detailed map to help you find your way around. The leaflets are available from Sheppey tourist information Centre. The leaflets were produced by Sheppey Tourism Alliance and sponsored by Minster Parish Council.

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