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Public worship will resume in the Abbey from 3rd December, and we will be open for visiting on selected days from 11th December.

In the meantime, the Abbey remains open for individual prayer and you are welcome to visit at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Cornelius Van Dun

On the north wall of St Margaret's Church Westminster is a painted stone bust to Cornelius Van Dun who died in 1577. His wife Gylbarte was buried in the church on 31st May 1568. The bust shows him in the scarlet costume of a Yeoman of the Guard, with a crown and a Tudor rose. The inscription below his bust reads: 

Cornelius Van Dun lieth here. Borne at Breda in Brabant, Souldiour [soldier] with K.Henry at Turney [Tournai], Yeaman of the Gard and Usher to K.Henry, K.Edward, Q. Mary and Q. Elizabeth. Of honest and vertuous lyfe a careful man for pore folke who in the ende of this town did buyld for pore widowes 20 howses of his owne coste.

Around the bust:

Died A.D. 1577. Buried ye 4 of Sept, aged 94

His almshouses for poor widows were in Petty France and St Ermin's Hill in Westminster and survived there until 1850. His name is recalled in Vandon Street Westminster.

Further reading

Van Dun's will is at the City of Westminster Archives Centre.

Died

4th September 1577

Occupation

Soldier; philanthropist

Location

St Margaret's Church

Memorial Type

Bust

Material Type

Stone

Cornelius Van Dun
Cornelius Van Dun memorial

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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