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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey remains open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily Eucharist service if you are able to travel here safely within current government guidelines.

However, for the time being we are unable to open the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for general visiting.

Armed Forces memorial

In the south cloister is a memorial to members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces, both regular and reserve, who have lost their lives in conflicts since the end of the 1939-1945 war. It also remembers those of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy who supported them. The memorial was unveiled on 29th October 2008 by the Princess Royal and the sculptor was Tom Phillips, R.A. The centre text is in welded steel, with a brown covering made from earth gathered world wide from battle sites from different eras ie. from Battle, site of the battle of Hastings in 1066, Agincourt and the Somme. The fifteen samples were mixed and ground together to make a pigment bound in acrylic resin. Cut into the stonework around this, repeated four times, is the motto of the Armed Forces Memorial Appeal:


The main inscription reads:

Remember the men and women of the Armed and Auxiliary Forces who lost their lives in times and places of conflict since the Second World War


29th October 2008


Soldier; airman; sailor


Cloisters; South Cloister

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Armed Forces memorial
Armed Forces Memorial

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I’ve worked here for over thirty years and have seen many of the major services - it’s strange to realise that you are in a small way part of history.

Pamela - Rector's Secretary

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