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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

Westminster citizens war memorial

In St Benedict's chapel in Westminster Abbey is a stained glass window in memory of those citizens of Westminster who gave their lives during the 1939-1945 war. The glass was designed by Hugh Easton and depicts large figures of St Michael, with a flaming sword, and St George slaying the dragon. The coat of arms of the City of Westminster and various badges and emblems representing the armed forces and other organisations, such as the Home Guard and Civil Defence, in which citizens served are also shown. Princess Margaret unveiled the window on 7th November 1948. The inscription reads:

To the memory of those citizens of Westminster who gave their lives in the war of 1939-45.

A window to the Queens Westminster Rifles who died in the 1914-1918 war was originally in this position but was destroyed by blast in 1940.

Memorial

7th November 1948

Location

Chapel of St Benedict

Memorial Type

Window

Material Type

Glass

Westminster citizens war memorial
Westminster citizens war memorial window

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Related commemorations

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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