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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey will re-open for sightseeing visitors from Friday 21st May.

In the meantime, we remain open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily services. We are also open for individual prayer from 10:30am - 12:30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Hugh Weston

Dr Hugh Weston was Dean of Westminster from 1553 to 1556 when he resigned due to the re-founding of the Benedictine monastery by Mary I. He has no memorial at Westminster Abbey and is buried at the Savoy chapel in London. Born around 1510 in Leicestershire he was educated at Oxford and served at a couple of churches in London before returning as rector in his home church of Burton Overy. He was also archdeacon of Cornwall but was imprisoned in the Fleet prison in London because of his conservative religious views. He was released to the custody of Thomas Cranmer (at whose trial he took part) and became a chaplain to Mary I who made him Dean of Windsor in 1556. He was deprived of this office on a disputed charge of indecency and died on 8th December 1558. His brothers were Nicholas and William (vicar of Godmanchester) and a kinsman William was his executor.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004

"Acts of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster 1543-1609", 2 vols. edited by C.S. Knighton, 1997


8th December 1558


Dean; priest/minister

Hugh Weston
Westminster Abbey exterior drawing

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2021 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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