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  CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Westminster Abbey
Westminster, to distinguish it apparently from the minster of St. Paul's to the east.
Westminster Abbey is designated a "Royal peculiar", its officials are appointed by the Crown, and the abbey itself is extra-diocesan, that is, exempt from the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London in whose
buried within the abbey, so that it has become a national honour to be given a resting place there, though unfortunately it cannot be said that their tombs do anything but mar the beauty of the building.
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  Westminster-Abbey.html
Westminster Abbey, or to call it by its correct name, The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, is unusual amongst churches in England in being a 'Royal Peculiar'.
The Abbey was gaining importance in the affairs of the crown and in the reign of King Henry II, the whole of the royal treasury moved to London.
Westminster Abbey is famous throughout the world as one of the greatest churches in Christendom, and draws visitors from all corners of the globe.
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  Westminster Abbey: Burial Place of Kings
Westminster Abbey is the coronation-church of the sovereigns and the resting place of the monarchs and outstanding citizens of Britain.
Westminster Abbey was constructed on Thorney Island in the Thames River in an area called Westminster Eyot that became part of the city of Westminster (separate from London).
Westminster was important for royal burial because the Abbey is a "Royal peculiar," which means the Abbey is under control of the jurisdiction to a Dean and Chapter, subject only to the Sovereign.
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  Westminster Abbey - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: )
While the existence of this shrine is uncertain, the historic Abbey was built by Edward the Confessor between 1045-1050 and was consecrated on December 28, 1065.
Although the Abbey was seized by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1534, and closed in 1540, becoming a cathedral until 1550, its royal connections saved it from the destruction wrought on most other English abbeys.
Westminster School and Westminster Abbey Choir School are also on the grounds of the Abbey.
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  Westminster Abbey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Westminster School and Westminster Abbey Choir School are also in the precincts of the Abbey.
The Abbey and its property is in the care of the Librarian, the Keeper of the Muniments, and the Surveyor of the Fabric.
Lastly, the educational role of the Abbey is reflected in the presence of the Headmaster of the Choir School, the Headmaster and Under Master of Westminster School, and the Master of The Queen's Scholars.
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 Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is designated a "Royal peculiar", its officials are appointed by the Crown, and the abbey itself is extra-diocesan, that is, exempt from the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London in whose diocese it was situated.
The extreme length of the abbey, including Henry VII's Chapel, is 511 ft.; the width of the nave and aisles 79 ft.; and the height to the vaulting 102 ft., which is unusually lofty for an English church.
The revenues of the abbey at the time of the dissolution amounted to £3471 (equivalent to about £35,000 or $154,000 at the present day), but though shorn of so many of its ancient possessions, the Chapter of Westminster is still a very wealthy collegiate body.
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 Westminster Abbey (British Columbia) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Westminster Abbey and Christ the King Seminary is a community of Benedictine monks in Mission, British Columbia, established in 1939 from the Abbey of Mount Angel, Oregon.
The abbey's official name is the Abbey of Saint Joseph of Westminster; Saint Joseph is the abbey's patron saint.
The abbey is located on a hill northeast of the town centre, with a commanding view up the Fraser River valley.
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 Westminster Abbey
While the existence of this shrine is uncertain, the historic Abbey was built by Edward the Confessor between 1045 - 1050 and was consecrated on December 28, 1065.
Although the Abbey was seized by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1534, and closed in 1540, its royal connections saved it from the destruction wrought on most other English abbeys.
Henry III rebuilt the Abbey in honour of the Royal Saint Edward the Confessor whose memorial and relics were placed in the Sanctuary.
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 Westminster Abbey - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Westminster Abbey   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Westminster Abbey is lacking its distinctive twin towers which were added by Hawksmoor in 1734 (completed in 1745 after his death).
The authentic history of the abbey begins with a charter (preserved in the chapter-house) of Offa of Mercia, who in 785 granted lands and privileges to the church of St Peter at Thorney; but certainly there was a Benedictine monastery here in the 10th century.
Westminster Abbey is not only the scene of the crowning of British sovereigns (the Coronation Chair (1300–01) is in the Confessor's Chapel), but the great national mausoleum, and many kings, statesmen, soldiers, writers and others are buried or commemorated there.
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It was built as an abbey for the Benedictine monks and was consecrated on December 28, 1065.
In 1579, Elizabeth I re-established Westminster as a "royal peculiar" -- a church responsible directly to the sovereign, rather than the Archbishop of Canterbury -- and made it a school, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter.
Westminster School and Westminster Abbey Choir School are also on the grounds of the Abbey.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Westminster Abbey   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Westminster is situated south west of the City of London and half a mile (0.8 km) south west of Charing Cross.
The nearby Palace of Westminster came to be the principal royal residence after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, and later housed the developing Parliament and law courts of England.
Although the Abbey was seized by Henry VIII in 1534 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and closed in 1540, becoming a cathedral until 1550, its royal connections saved it from the destruction wrought on most other English abbeys.
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 Westminster Abbey, London - origins and early history
The Abbey has such a long history that we'll break things up a bit into edible chunks - history is easier to digest that way.
The Abbey at Westminster is built upon what was once an island - Thorney Island - a marshy retreat from the City of London.
Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) had a vision of an eclesiastic-royal complex including a palace with a large monastery and an abbey church suitable for royal functions and burials.
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 GO BRITANNIA! Travel Guide: London Attractions - Westminster Abbey
The Abbey was founded in the 11th century by Edward the Confessor and the strong royal link and special status have been maintained over the centuries.
The construction of the original Westminster Abbey is due to a vow made by Edward the Confessor, England's penultimate Saxon king.
The Abbey has always been host to the great events in the life of Britain, the most recent of which is the funeral service of Princess Diana in September, 1997.
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 Westminster Abbey - Wikinfo
It was built as an abbey for the Benedictine monks and was consecrated on December 28, 1065.
In 1579, Elizabeth I re-established Westminster as a "royal peculiar" -- a church responsible directly to the sovereign, rather than the Archbishop of Canterbury -- and made it a school, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter.
Westminster School and Westminster Abbey Choir School are also on the grounds of the Abbey.
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 Westminster Abbey
The Abbey is built on land that was once an island, called Thorny, from its being overgrown with thorns, and surrounded by water reeds, but it was really a peninsula of the purest sand and gravel.
Westminster in olden times possessed the right of sanctuary; though sometimes abused by affording shelter to great criminals, it was more generally a blessed protection to the weak and helpless.
In Westminster Abbey our kings and queens are crowned; and since Edward I. brought the famous coronation chair from Scone, they have received the royal diadem seated on the magic stone, that he, Edward, so vainly strove to render impotent.
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 Westminster Abbey Information
Henry III rebuilt the Abbey in honour of the Royal Saint Edward the Confessor whose relics were placed a in a shrine in the sanctuary.
The Abbey and its property is in the care of the Librarian, the Keeper of the Muniments, and the Surveyor of the Fabric.
Lastly, the educational role of the Abbey is reflected in the presence of the Headmaster of the Choir School, the Headmaster and Under Master of Westminster School, and the Master of The Queen's Scholars.
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 Victorian London - Buildings, Monuments and Museums - Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey...This venerable pile is opened for divine service daily, at 10 in the morning, and 3 in the afternoon, when the choral parts, aided by its powerful organ, are performed in great perfection.
Westminster Abbey, from its historical associations the most famous of all English buildings with the exception of the Tower, was originally founded by Edward the Confessor between the years 1055 and 1065.
The Abbey was formerly the burial-place of the Sovereigns of England.
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 London/Westminster - Wikitravel
Westminster [1] is an important locality in the centre of Greater London, and a city in its own right, the twin to the ancient City of London further down the River Thames - together they formed the focus to the modern conurbanation that is London.
The Palace of Westminster came to be the principal royal residence after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, and later housed the developing Parliament and law courts of England.
The neighbouring Westminster Abbey became the traditional venue of the coronation of the kings of England.
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 Westminster Abbey, England
Westminster Abbey - officially the Collegiate Church of St Peter in Westminster - was founded by Edward the Confessor in 1065 as his place of interment, and from his burial (1066) until that of George II (1760) most English and British sovereigns were buried here, as well as numerous prominent national figures.
Since 1066, when William the Conqueror was crowned here, Westminster Abbey has been the place of coronation of every subsequent sovereign except Edward V and Edward VIII, as well as the scene of many royal weddings.
After suffering destruction in a fire (1298), parts of the abbey were rebuilt by Henry Yevele in 1388 on the basis of the 13th century plans.
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 Ch. Silver's Westminster Abbey   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Abbey is one of those rare souls that you run across once in a life time.  After waiting many years for her to enter our lives she did and stole our hearts from the moment we saw her.
Abbey began her show career and finished her Championship at the young age of 14 months and has many best of breed wins as well.  Abbey is no longer competing in the show ring but instead is spending her time on the couch at home.
Abbey is a silver fawn, standing at 30' at the withers and weighs 186 poiunds.  Her personality is true to the breed, having both loyalty and love for everyone she meets and is our officially greeter for guests at home
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 Westminster Abbey Choir
Westminster Abbey, founded by Edward the Confessor, was consecrated on December 28, 1065.
It is not known when boys first sang in the Choir, but the first mention of an official Choirmaster comes in 1479 with the appointment of William Cornyshe as "Master of the Song Scole." In 1540, Henry VIII set forth a charter providing for twelve laymen singers and ten choristers.
Today, Westminster Abbey Choir School is composed entirely of the thirty-six boys who are singing or are being prepared to sing in the Abbey Choir.
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 Westminster Abbey   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Westminster Abbey was consecrated on 28 December l065, but Edward could not attend due to illness.
Since William the Conqueror was crowned in Westminster Abbey in 1066, and, with the exceptions of Kings Edward V (1483) and Edward VIII (1936), all coronations have taken place there.
In the 17th Century the land was sold by the Abbey for the construction of a prison.
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 Westminster Abbey
The abbey has continued over the centuries to play a crucial role in royal state occasions, and was the setting for the coronation of the present monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on 2 June 1953, as well as the funeral of the late Princess of Wales on 6 September 1997.
Today, visitors to the abbey come to see the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, the Royal Tombs and Edward 1’st Coronation Chair, as well as the Lady Chapel and Poets' Corner, where there is a memorial statue of William Shakespeare.
Westminster Abbey is the place of the coronation, marriage and burial of British monarchs, except Edward V and Edward VIII since 1066.
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 TimeRef - History Timelines - Westminster Abbey   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Henry of Normandy crowned Henry II of England, and Eleanor of Aquitaine crowned Queen, at Westminster.
At his coronation in Westminster Abbey, Henry was reminded of his duties at king to maintain peace, defend the rights of the crown and to dispense justice where required.
Henry Tudor is crowned Henry VII at Westminster Abbey.
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