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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey will re-open for sightseeing visitors from Friday 21st May.

In the meantime, we remain open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily services. We are also open for individual prayer from 10:30am - 12:30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Services & times

Our Lady of Pew

The Society of Our Lady of Pew venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, and regularly holds Mass and retreats in the Abbey.

Statue of Our Lady of Pew with a small candle on either side

The Chapel of Our Lady of Pew in Westminster Abbey, off the north ambulatory, was originally a self-contained 14th-century rectangular recessed chapel, but it now forms part of the entrance to the Chapel of St John the Baptist. The term 'Pew' refers to a small enclosure or chapel.

Sister Concordia Scott OSB, of Minster Abbey near Ramsgate in Kent, sculpted the fine alabaster statue of the Virgin and Child in the niche of the Chapel of Our Lady of Pew. It took 14 months to complete and was placed in the chapel on 10th May 1971.

The original statue here had disappeared centuries ago. The design of the 20th-century piece was inspired by a 15th-century English alabaster Madonna at Westminster Cathedral.

For more information, please contact: [email protected]

Upcoming services and events

Due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions, we have to re-scheduled services and events during 2021:

Eucharist for the Feast of Our Lady of Pew
Friday 7th May at 6.30pm - CANCELLED
Holy Communion in the Abbey at 12.30pm on Monday 10th May will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Pew

Festival Eucharist in the Abbey
Friday 23rd July at 6.30pm

Requiem Eucharist in the Lady Chapel followed by the AGM of the Society
November, date TBC

Advent Quiet Day in St Faith's Chapel
Saturday 4th December from 10.30am - 2.30pm

I feel very privileged to work here. I take so much pride in working for a beautiful place like the Abbey, it’s unique.

Alex - Abbey Marshal

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