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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.

Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I

Joan was a daughter of Edward I and his queen Eleanor of Castile and was born at Acre in the spring of 1272.


On the 30th April 1290 Joan was married to Gilbert de Clare, 3rd Earl of Gloucester in Westminster Abbey.


She died on 23rd April 1307 and was buried at Clare Priory in Suffolk.


23rd April 1307


30th April 1290

Illuminated manuscript of Joan of Acre with her betrothed Hartman of Germany
Joan of Acre, with her betrothed Hartman of Germany (Hartman died before he could marry Joan)

by Anonymous (Schloss Tratzberg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s a privilege to live and work here – the Abbey really is the heart of the country and its history.

Martin - The Dean’s Verger

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