Minster shown within Kent
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The name of the town derives from the monastery founded in the area. There is some variation in the use of the name, with the local parish council being named Minster-on-Sea, while other sources, such as the local primary school, use Minster-in-Sheppey, in order to distinguish it from Minster-in-Thanet, also in the county of Kent. Both places are listed in the Ordnance Survey gazeteer is Minster. Royal Mail identifies a locality of Minster on Sea in the ME12 postcode district. Minster-on-Sea is a location mentioned in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.
The coast here consists of London Clay, and many fossil remains can be found along the beach after the waves have brought down the cliffs.
In around AD 670 King Ecgberht of Kent gave land at Minster for his mother Seaxburh of Ely to establish a Benedictine nunnery which was burnt down by the Danes in 855. At some point before the Norman invasion the church was rebuilt and refounded as a Benedictine nunnery, incorporating elements of the original construction in the North chancel and nave. Between 1123 and 1139 Archbishop Corbeil (Corbeuil) refounded it as an Augustinian nunnery. Corbeil is thought to be responsible for the unusual "semi-detached" arrangement of two churches next to each other, the Saxon church of the convent to the north and a parish church to the south for the villagers. They share a wall containing pointed arches and are now used as a single building. The abbey was dissolved in 1539 and along with Davington Priory near Faversham it came into the possession of Sir Thomas Cheney (Cheyney/Cheyne), a favourite of Anne Boleyn. He died in 1558 and was first buried in the chapel of Saint Katherine, which was demolished to allow construction of the east end of the chancel in 1581.
Today the remains of the old Abbey gatehouse is a museum and the remaining tower is being restored.
In the early 20th century the island was hit by speculative builders and Minster suffered equally with Sheerness. After World War II the population of the village had swollen "from about 250 people in 100 homes to 5500 people in 1800 homes". (taken from the external link)
Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey is located over two sites in the area, and is the only secondary school on the Isle of Sheppey. In 2009 eleven pupils were hurt by the collapse of a heating duct during an exam at its predecessor, Sheppey College.
Minster Cricket Club play at Gilbert Hall.
In January 2014 a Micropub, The Heritage, opened in the High Street in premises previously used as a post office.
- Hasted, Edward (1798). The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Vol 6. Victoria County History Series. pp. 216–229.
- "Minster-on-Sea Parish Council". Kent Parish Councils website. Kent County Council. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
- "Minster-in-Sheppey Community Primary School". School website. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-13.[dead link]
- "Gazetteer Search Results: Minster". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
- Royal Mail (2004), Address Management Guide (4 ed.), Royal Mail Group
- Walker, Peter; Weaver, Matthew (12 May 2009). "Eleven pupils hurt after heating duct collapses during exam". The Guardian.
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