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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

Samuel Horsley

Samuel Horsley was Dean of Westminster from 1793-1802 but he has no memorial in the Abbey. His grave was originally at Newington Butts in Surrey where he had been Rector 1758-1793 but due to the demolition of that church for a railway line he was moved to Thorley in Hertfordshire where he served as Rector 1777-1782. His portrait hangs in the Deanery. 

He was the son of the Reverend John Horsley and his wife Anne (Hamilton) and was born on 15th September 1733. Educated at Cambridge he later became archdeacon of St Albans, a prebendary at St Paul's cathedral and at Gloucester cathedral, Bishop of St Davids and from 1802 Bishop of St Asaph. In 1774 he married Mary, daughter of the Reverend John Botham and his second wife was Sarah Wright. The Reverend Heneage Horsley (who married Frances Bourke) was his child by Mary. He died on 4th October 1806.

Further reading

"High Church Prophet, Bishop Samuel Horsley..." by F.C. Mather, 1992

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004


15th September 1733



Samuel Horsley
Samuel Horsley

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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