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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

Thomas Turton

Dr Thomas Turton was Dean of Westminster from 1842-1845 but he has no memorial at Westminster Abbey. He was buried at Kensal Green cemetery in London. He was the son of Thomas and Anne and was born on 25th February 1780 in Yorkshire. Educated at Cambridge university he became Lucasian professor of mathematics and professor of Divinity. After being a prebendary at Lincoln cathedral and at Peterborough he was Dean of Peterborough from 1830-1842. He was an author and a composer, two of his tunes appearing in Hymns Ancient and Modern. In 1845 he was elected Bishop of Ely and died on 7th January 1864.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004


7th January 1864


Writer; composer; dean; priest/minister

Thomas Turton
Thomas Turton by Henry William Pickersgill

[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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