Building    From 1245 

Westminster Abbey

Categories: Architecture, Religion

Officially, The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster. According to tradition, there has been a religious establishment on the site since the seventh century. Construction of the present building started in 1245 in the reign of King Henry III, who had selected the site for his burial place, in honour of Edward the Confessor. In 1540 Henry VIII granted the abbey the status of a cathedral by charter. It is now the traditional church for coronations of British monarchs and royal weddings and funerals.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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Westminster Abbey

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Henry III granting charter to Westminster Abbey

This section is to the left of the entrance arch.  The description of "Henry ...

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Hyde Park Conduit House - 2

A supply of water by conduit from this spot was granted to the Abbey of Westm...

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Robert Browning - W8

Robert Browning lived in this house 1887 - 1889, from here his body was taken...

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Other Subjects

Recycling the nations' railings - WW2

Recycling the nations' railings - WW2

As WW2 wore on, there was an increasing need for metal to make bombs, planes and tanks. To this end, the gates and railings around parks and open spaces were reclaimed as part of the war effort. Li...

Event, Architecture, Property

2 memorials
Victor Wilkins

Victor Wilkins

Architect.  Peabody's architect from 1910 to 1947.

Person, Architecture

1 memorial
W. G. R. Sprague

W. G. R. Sprague

Born in Australia the son of an actress.  Worked for Matcham for a time.  Designed many famous London theatres, including the Notting Hill Gate Coronet (1898), Wyndhams (1899), the Albery (1903) an...

Person, Architecture, Australia, New Zealand

3 memorials
John Hargrave Stevens

John Hargrave Stevens

Architect. Seems to have specialised in churches and often worked in partnership with George Alexander.

Person, Architecture

1 memorial