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Friday, 23rd January 2015
The 750th anniversary of the Simon de Montfort Parliament was remembered at Evensong in Westminster Abbey at 5.00 pm on Thursday 22nd January 2015.
Thomas Thirlby (c.1500-1570) was consecrated the first and only Bishop of the new short-lived diocese of Westminster in December 1540.
Sulcard was a monk at Westminster Abbey from around the 1050s and wrote a history of the monastery. He may have come from Rochester, Kent.
Abbot and Priest/Minister
Edwin was Abbot of Westminster from 1049-1071 and was a friend and adviser to Edward the Confessor. He was at the consecration of Edward’s Abbey.
In the vestibule of the Chapter House is a memorial to American Ambassador Walter Hines Page. He was ambassador in England during the Great War.
Writer and Poet
In the vestibule of the Chapter House is a stone tablet and stained glass window in memory of James Russell Lowell, American poet and writer.
John Richard Clayton (1827-1913) and Alfred Bell (1832-1895) designed several windows for Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church Westminster. Clayton also designed the memorials.
Joan Howson (1885-1964), stained glass artist, worked on the re-glazing of the windows in the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey after wartime bomb damage.