• Retable

    A recent addition to the Museum display is the 13th century Westminster Retable, England's oldest altarpiece. It was most probably designed for the High Altar of the Abbey. The Westminster Retable is acknowledged to be one of the most important surviving examples of panel painting from 13th century England. It returned to the Abbey in 2005, following conservation work just after celebrations to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the birth of Abbey founder, Edward the Confessor.

  • Wall paintings

    The most important wall paintings in the Abbey are from the late 13th century i.e. the figure of St Faith in her chapel and the figures of Christ with St Thomas and St Christopher in the south transept. The series of 14th century paintings of the Apocalypse and the Last Judgement in the Chapter House are the most extensive.

  • Cosmati pavement

    The great pavement in front of the High Altar of Westminster Abbey is a unique and remarkable object. The complexity and subtlety of the design and workmanship can be seen nowhere else on this scale. It was laid down in 1268 by order of Henry III who had started re-building Edward the Confessor’s Abbey in the new Gothic style in 1245.

  • Oil Paintings

    Several interesting oil paintings hang within Westminster Abbey or form part of its decoration. Others are kept in official residences within the precincts. Most have been presented to the Abbey but the portrait of Richard II has always been hung in the Church. Photographs of all the paintings can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library.