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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

Edmund Mason

Edmund Mason, Dean of Salisbury and tutor to the future Charles I, is buried in Westminster Abbey but the exact location is not known and he has no monument or gravestone. He was the third son of William Mason of Nottingham and his wife Julian (Stringer) and he married Elizabeth Barker but they had no children. His brother was Thomas Mason. After education at Cambridge he was a rector in several counties before becoming Dean of Salisbury in 1630. He was chaplain in ordinary to James I. But disagreements with his colleagues at Salisbury and an unwarranted attack on a Canon there caused him to leave and he resided at a house in Petty France, Westminster, dying there on 24th March 1635.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004


24th March 1635



Edmund Mason
Abbey south side from Dean's Yard

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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