The Abbey is no longer open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy, privately and following guidance given, will sustain the worship of a building that has been a witness to God’s grace and glory for over a thousand years.Find out more
We created the Westminster Abbey record series in 1997 to publish items of historic importance and interest relating to the Abbey. It’s an occasional series of records, calendars, lists and indexes, intended to make the contents of the Abbey’s collections available to scholars and the wider public.
Items in the series:
Surveyors of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey 1906-1973, Reports and Letters, edited by Christine Reynolds, 2019 [Surveyors W. Lethaby, Sir W. Tapper, Sir C. Peers and S. Dykes Bower] (A 25% discount currently available on the price for this volume - contact the Library for details.)
The Building Accounts of the Savoy Hospital London 1512-1520 ed. Charlotte Stanford, 2015.
Guide to the Muniments of Westminster Abbey, by Richard Mortimer, 2012.
A bibliography of Westminster Abbey...a guide to literature...published..1571-2000 by Tony Trowles, 2005.
The Obedientiaries of Westminster Abbey and their financial records c.1275-1540 by Barbara Harvey, 2002.
Acts of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster 1543-1609 and Acts..1609-1642 edited by C S Knighton, 3 vols, 1997 and 2006.
Volumes from the Westminster Abbey Record Series can be ordered from Boydell and Brewer.
Westminster Abbey Library
The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.