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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is a gothic abbey church just to the west of the Palace of Westminster, London. It is a traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. A first church was founded at the site in the 7th century, at the time of Mellitus, a Bishop of London. Construction of the present church began in 1245, on the orders of King Henry III. Since 1560, the building is no longer an abbey nor a cathedral, but a Church's of England "Royal Peculiar"—a church responsible directly to the sovereign.
Since the coronations in 1066 of both King Harold and William the Conqueror, every English and British monarch, with the exceptions of Edward V and Edward VIII, have been crowned in Westminster Abbey. There have been at least 16 royal weddings at the abbey since 1100.
A prospect of the inside of the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster, from the Quire to the East End, with the furniture thereof, as it apeared before the Grand Proceeding entred; shewing the position of the altar, theatre, thrones, chairs, pulpit, benches, seats and galleries.
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Abbey of Westminster and Council of Lyons from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 138v

Bas-de-page scene of the Abbey of Westminster and the Council of Lyons. Image taken from f. 138v of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

Abbey of Westminster and Council of Lyons from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 138v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of the Abbey of Westminster and the Council of Lyons. Image taken from f. 138v of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

Coronation of Henry IV from BL Harley 4380, f. 186v

Detail of a miniature of the coronation of Henry IV of England. Image taken from f. 186v of Chroniques, Vol. IV, part 2. Written in French.

Coronation of Henry IV from BL Royal 18 E II, f. 404

Detail of a miniature of the coronation of Henry IV of England, at the beginning of chapter 78. Image taken from f. 404 of Chroniques. Written in French.

Coronation of Henry IV from BL Royal 18 E II, f. 404

Miniature of the coronation of Henry IV of England, with a partial border, and a foliate initial 'E'(en lan), at the beginning of chapter 78. Image taken from f. 404 of Chroniques. Written in French.

map from "[London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis.] Circuit of London. (London. Westminster and Southwark.) [With maps and plates.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000263 from volume 01 of "[London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis.] Circuit of London. (London. Westminster and Southwark.) [With maps an... more

cathedrals from "[London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis.] Circuit of London. (London. Westminster and Southwark.) [With maps and plates.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000231 from volume 05 of "[London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis.] Circuit of London. (London. Westminster and Southwark.) [With maps an... more

dreadful from "[London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis.] Circuit of London. (London. Westminster and Southwark.) [With maps and plates.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000231 from volume 01 of "[London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis.] Circuit of London. (London. Westminster and Southwark.) [With maps an... more

map from "[London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis.] Circuit of London. (London. Westminster and Southwark.) [With maps and plates.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000257 from volume 01 of "[London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis.] Circuit of London. (London. Westminster and Southwark.) [With maps an... more

Coronation of Richard II from BL Royal 20 C VII, f. 192v

Detail of a miniature of the coronation of Richard II. Image taken from f. 192v of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis (from 1270 to 1380). Written in French.

Coronation of Charles VI from BL Royal 20 C VII, f. 216

Detail of a miniature of the coronation of Charles VI. Image taken from f. 216 of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis (from 1270 to 1380). Written in French.

City of Westminster from "Modern London; being the history and present state of the British Metropolis. Illustrated with numerous copper plates. [By Richard Phillips.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000415 from "Modern London; being the history and present state of the British Metropolis. Illustrated with numerous copper plates. [By Richard Phillips.]". The title and sub... more

Coronation procession of his majesty George the Fourth, 19th July, 1821 / drawn & etched by W. Heath.

Print shows a street procession with King George IV at his coronation festivities on July 19, 1821, in St. James' Park, London. Balloon flying at upper right represents balloonist Charles Green's first ascensi... more

map from "A new History and Survey of ... London, ... Westminster, and Southwark. With ... illustrations of their Antiquities, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000018 from "A new History and Survey of ... London, ... Westminster, and Southwark. With ... illustrations of their Antiquities, etc". The title and subject terms of this im... more

architecture from "A new History and Survey of ... London, ... Westminster, and Southwark. With ... illustrations of their Antiquities, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000282 from "A new History and Survey of ... London, ... Westminster, and Southwark. With ... illustrations of their Antiquities, etc". The title and subject terms of this im... more

North east view of Westminster Abbey

Print shows a street view of the northeast side of Westminster Abbey, with pedestrians on the promenade in the foreground.

Paul's from "The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and parts adjacent, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000344 from volume 03 of "The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and parts adjacent, etc". The title and subject terms of this image have been generat... more

map from "The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and parts adjacent, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000366 from volume 01 of "The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and parts adjacent, etc". The title and subject terms of this image have been generat... more

map from "The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and parts adjacent, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000556 from volume 04 of "The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and parts adjacent, etc". The title and subject terms of this image have been generat... more

Westminster Abbey from "The Wonders of The World in Nature and Art. Edited by H. Ince"

This image has been taken from scan 000592 from "The Wonders of The World in Nature and Art. Edited by H. Ince". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the ... more

Westminster Abbey from "De Aardbol. Magazijn van hedendaagsche land- en volkenkunde ... Met platen en kaarten. [Deel 4-9 by P. H. W.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000223 from volume 04 of "De Aardbol. Magazijn van hedendaagsche land- en volkenkunde ... Met platen en kaarten. [Deel 4-9 by P. H. W.]". The title and subject terms of this ... more

Westminster Abbey from "Illustrated London, or, a series of views in the British metropolis and its vicinity, engraved by Albert Henry Payne, from original drawings. The historical, topographical and miscellaneous notices, by W. I. Bicknell"

This image has been taken from scan 000076 from volume 02 of "Illustrated London, or, a series of views in the British metropolis and its vicinity, engraved by Albert Henry Payne, from original drawings. The hi... more

map from "Westminster: Memorials of the City, Saint Peter's College, the Parish Churches, Palaces, Streets and Worthies"

This image has been taken from scan 000024 from "Westminster: Memorials of the City, Saint Peter's College, the Parish Churches, Palaces, Streets and Worthies". The title and subject terms of this image have be... more

Westminster Abbey from "Holmes's Great Metropolis: or, Views and history of London in the nineteenth century ... Edited by W. G. Fearnside ... and T. Harrel. Illustrated with ... engravings"

This image has been taken from scan 000157 from "Holmes's Great Metropolis: or, Views and history of London in the nineteenth century ... Edited by W. G. Fearnside ... and T. Harrel. Illustrated with ... engrav... more

Westminster Abbey from "The Traveller's Album and Hotel Guide: containing views of places and buildings of historical and general interest, with descriptive letterpress; an account of the principal railways out of London, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000139 from "The Traveller's Album and Hotel Guide: containing views of places and buildings of historical and general interest, with descriptive letterpress; an account of t... more

City of Westminster from "Zehn Bilder aus Süd-England oder: Wanderungen und Betrachtungen eines Katholiken, etc. [Illustrated.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000105 from "Zehn Bilder aus Süd-England oder: Wanderungen und Betrachtungen eines Katholiken, etc. [Illustrated.]". The title and subject terms of this image have been gene... more

City of Westminster from "Zehn Bilder aus Süd-England oder: Wanderungen und Betrachtungen eines Katholiken, etc. [Illustrated.]"

This image has been taken from scan 000091 from "Zehn Bilder aus Süd-England oder: Wanderungen und Betrachtungen eines Katholiken, etc. [Illustrated.]". The title and subject terms of this image have been gene... more

Westminster from "Le Monde pittoresque et monumental. L'Angleterre, l'Écosse et l'Irlande ... Cartes en couleur et ... gravures"

This image has been taken from scan 000129 from "Le Monde pittoresque et monumental. L'Angleterre, l'Écosse et l'Irlande ... Cartes en couleur et ... gravures". The title and subject terms of this image have b... more

City of Westminster from "A Comprehensive Scheme for Street Improvements in London, accompanied by maps and sketches"

This image has been taken from scan 000086 from "A Comprehensive Scheme for Street Improvements in London, accompanied by maps and sketches". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from t... more

Westminster from "Inghilterra, Scozia e Irlanda. Opera illustrata con 494 incisioni, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000099 from "Inghilterra, Scozia e Irlanda. Opera illustrata con 494 incisioni, etc". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by user... more

Westminster from "Inghilterra, Scozia e Irlanda. Opera illustrata con 494 incisioni, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000117 from "Inghilterra, Scozia e Irlanda. Opera illustrata con 494 incisioni, etc". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by user... more

"The greatest show on earth" now in London / Ehrhart.

Illustration shows the procession for the coronation of Edward VII, King of Great Britain; many of those participating in the pageantry are wearing medieval costume.

Richard II on the throne in England--From an ancient painting in Westminster Abbey

Richard II, full-length portrait, seated on throne, facing front.

The choir at Westminster Abbey

Print shows an interior view of the choir at Westminster Abbey.

Westminster exterior / J. Alphege Brewer ; Henry C. Brewer.

Parliament with boats on water in foreground.