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Westminster Abbey


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Grade I and part of UNESCO World Heritage Site

The site of more than 1,000 years of worship, the present Gothic church dates from the 13th century reign of Henry III. Henry VII built the glorious Lady Chapel within the Abbey, the centrepiece of which is the magnificent tomb for himself and his wife, Elizabeth of York. All Tudor monarchs were crowned here, as were the consorts Elizabeth of York, Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. The Tudor monarchs are buried here (with the exception of Henry VIII, who is buried at Windsor Castle), as are Lady Margaret Beaufort, Anne of Cleves and Mary, Queen of Scots. There are also a number of nobles who, due to royal connections, are buried the Abbey, including Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk and her daughter, Lady Mary Grey; Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox; Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon; the wife (Mildred, Lady Burghley), son (Thomas, Earl of Exeter) and daughter (Anne, Countess of Oxford) of Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley, along with the Elizabethan explorer, Sir Francis Drake and the playwright, Ben Jonson.

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