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June 22, 2000
From journal London: City of Love?
October 6, 2001
From journal London and Vicinity
Grand Junction, Colorado
July 25, 2005
From journal 3 days in London
Merritt Island, Florida
May 11, 2003
From journal Solo Trip to Jolly Ol' England
July 15, 2005
From journal Tea Time in London
New Delhi, India
September 13, 2002
Besides being the place where coronations have been held for the past millennium, Westminster’s also the place where most of England’s kings and queens of England are buried- in heavy, ornate tombs with carved stone statues (usually likenesses of the monarch) lying supine on top. Our tour through the church took us past the tombs of a number of monarchs and their consorts- Anne of Cleves, Elizabeth I, Richard II and Mary Queen of Scots among them. There are lots of other well known personalities, if not monarchs, here too: Lord Milton, David Livingstone, Margaret Beaufort (grandmother of Henry VIII and founder of two Cambridge colleges), Lord Canning, Darwin, James Watt and Robert Browning included. And there are memorials to countless others: Captain Cook, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Clement Attlee and Benjamin Disraeli. Interestingly enough, Oliver Cromwell is also buried in Westminster Abbey, although his head is buried in Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge- a rather gruesome burial!
Westminster Abbey also has a memorial to Walter Raleigh (buried beneath the altar of St Margaret’s, next door), who, among his other achievements, introduced tobacco and potatoes to England. Within the Abbey too is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier , a memorial to the hundreds who died during World War I.
If you’re visiting Westminster, do walk on next door to the church of St Margaret’s , the church attended by the Members of Parliament. It’s a fairly small church, but pretty (it’s undergone massive renovation, having suffered severe damage during World War II). Lord Mountbatten and Sir Winston Churchill had both been married in this church, and their wedding photographs and marriage certificates are on display.
From journal This Sceptred Isle and all that Jazz
April 25, 2001
Other tourists aside, if you take it upon yourself to be good and quiet, you can have a nice moment in the Abbey. There is a plethora of famous Brits buried there, and history aside, there are lots of cool sarcophagi and the such to look at.
One thing that a fellow hosteler pointed out, is that there is a lovely prayer room, which is on the far side of the poets corner. I went in there, and it was me and one other man, who left after a minute, leaving me alone. It was absolutely dead silent, because it is a huge stone room with an extremely thick door. Again, don't go in here if you're going to be loud, but if you're looking for a nice quiet spot, most of the tourists ignore this room.
When you walk through, be sure to pay attention to the floor, because there will be names of famous people all over the place, and since there is so many, they're not terribly noticeable. (I almost missed Charles Darwin, although I don't think he's actually buried there.)
All in all, it's a lovely place to go. I think they recommend a several pound donation to get in, and there is usually a short line, but it is worth it for the history, and so you can say you've been there.
From journal London off the beaten path
February 3, 2001
On our 1998 visit, it was eerie to stand where Princess Diana's casket had lain so recently & to look up into the pulpit where her brother eulogized her with his powerful words.
From journal London--above & underground
London, England, United Kingdom
October 10, 2013
From journal Things to Do in London - Part 8
Rotherham, United Kingdom
August 8, 2012
From journal More from London