Westminster Abbey is an architectural
masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries. It also featured in a number of major points in British
history; the Confessor's Shrine
, the tombs of Kings
, and countless memorials to the famous and the great. Westminster Abbey has been the setting for every Coronation
as well as for numerous other Royal
It is still today a church that is dedicated to regular worship and though neither a cathedral nor a parish church, it is a "Royal Peculiar" under the jurisdiction of a Dean and Chapter, subject only to the Sovereign.
In 1965-66, the Abbey celebrated its 900th anniversary, taking as its theme 'One People'. This theme seemed to be fitting for a church which, through a long history of involvement with the developing life of the English people, has produced a world-wide outreach.