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Westminster Abbey

Place of Worship and House of Kings

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

20 Dean's Yard
London SW1P 3PA
England
+44 (0) 20 7222 5152

Westminster Abbey has been the coronation site for English monarchs since the 12th century. The Abbey serves as a place of worship to this day and many famous persons are buried on the grounds.

On This Very Spot in 1066 Edward the Confessor was buried when the Abbey was a a newly built shrine. His remains were moved from their original position in the abbey and are currently located below the high altar.

On This Very Spot in 1272, King Henry III was buried, having made Westmister the seat of his government.

On This Very Spot in 1307, King Edward I was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1377, King Edward III was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer was buried. In 1559, his remains were transfered to a more ornate tomb in Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1413, King Richard II was buried, his body having been moved from its original location in Kings Langley Church.

On This Very Spot in 1422, King Henry V was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1509, King Henry VII was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1553, King Edward VI was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1558, Queen Mary I was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1599, Edmund Spenser was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1603, Queen Elizabeth I was buried, sharing a tomb with Mary I.

On This Very Spot in 1637, Ben Jonson was buried in the nave.

On This Very Spot in 1658 Oliver Cromwell was buried. His remains were exhumed and his body posthumously executed in 1661. His body was thrown into a pit while his head remained on display until 1685. After changing hands several times was eventually buried on the grounds of Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge.

On This Very Spot in 1694, Queen Mary II was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1700, John Dryden was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1702, King William III was buried alongside his wife Mary.

On This Very Spot in 1714, Queen Anne of Great Britain was buried.

On This Very Spot on March 28th, 1727, Sir Isaac Newton was buried. His monument is located in the Abbey north of the choir entrance.

On This Very Spot in 1759, George Frideric Handel was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1760, King George II was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1778, William Pitt the Elder was buried in the north transept.

On This Very Spot in 1784, Samuel Johnson was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1792, John Burgoyne was buried in the cloisters.

On This Very Spot in 1806, William Pitt the Younger was buried in the north transept.

On This Very Spot in 1870, Charles Dickens was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1873, David Livingstone was buried in the nave.

On This Very Spot on April 19th, 1882, Charles Darwin was buried in the north side of the nave.

On This Very Spot in 1889, Robert Browning was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1892, Alfred Lord Tennyson was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1898, William Gladstone was buried in the north transept.

On This Very Spot in 1907, Lord Kelvin was buried next to Isaac Newton.

On This Very Spot on May 12th, 1937, the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II was held.

On This Very Spot in 1937, Ernest Rutherford was buried.

On This Very Spot in 1940, Rudyard Kipling was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1940, J.J. Thomson was buried.

On This Very Spot on November 20, 1947, Queen Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten.

On This Very Spot in 1967, Clement Attlee was buried in the nave.

On This Very Spot in 1967, John Masefield was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

On This Very Spot in 1989, Lawrence Olivier was buried in the section known as Poets' Corner.

In addition, many notable people are commemorated by memorials at the abbey, including Robert Baden-Powell, Winston Churchill, Paul Dirac, Benjamin Disraeli, Adam Lindsay Gordon, John Harrison, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, General James Wolfe

Ten 20th-century Christian martyrs from across the world are depicted in statues above the Great West Door. Unveiled in 1998 by Elizabeth II, these include St. Maximillian Kolbe, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Oscar Romero.

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This is an operating church open to the public. For detailed information visit: www.westminster-abbey.org

Public Access: This is an operating church with regular services. Although all are welcome to attend services, appropriate dress is expected and touring is not allowed at these times.

Parking: Wesminster Abbey is situated in the core of London, which is a high-traffic zone requiring a toll. Parking is extremely sparse in this area. Arriving by public transportation is recommended. When arriving by taxi or bus, allow extra time for traffic congestion.

Location: Central London

Nearest Major Airport: London Heathrow or London Gatwick


Latitude: 51.499444; Longitude: -0.127500



 
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