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Memorial Service held for Lord Bingham

Thursday, 26th May 2011

Memorial Service held for Lord Bingham

A service of thanksgiving for the life and work of the Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG was held at the Abbey on Wednesday 25th May 2011.

Lord Bingham was widely recognised as one of the greatest English judges since the Second World War. Serving at the apex of the judiciary for an unusually long period, he was the first individual in the modern era to act both as Master of the Rolls, with overall responsibility for the civil courts for four years from 1992, and then as Lord Chief Justice, running the criminal courts as Britain's highest-ranking judge. From 2000 until his retirement in 2008 he was the senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (law lord).

The service was conducted by the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster and the Address given by the Rt Hon The Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT, Lord Chancellor, 1987–97 (right).

A tribute was read by Kit Bingham, Lord Bingham’s son. Prayers were read by the Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster; and others.

See also:

Order of Service (PDF, 117KB)


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