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' The Old Curiosity Shop.
In about AD 670 the widowed Kentish queen, Seaxburh of Ely, built the monastery here - one of the first in Kent. In AD 835 the Danes overran Sheppey and made it their base camp. They remained there until the Norman conquest. In AD 670 another monarch - King Ecgberht of Kent gave land for his mother to establish a Benedictine nunnery at Minster. At the Reformation Sir Thomas Cheyney was given possession of the site.
Today the remains of the old Abbey gatehouse is a museum and the remaining tower is being restored.
Minster has a fine parish church, which includes Norman work with Roman tiles, and 15th Century choir stalls.
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 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)
The Isle of Sheppey Academy is located over two sites in the area, and is the only secondary school on the Isle of Sheppey.
The new Thames Estuary airport, if built, will be built on a manmade island just north of the village.
- 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
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