London Did You Know? No.1 – Westminster Abbey


When the comedian Ronnie Barker died, he had a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, and the choir entered behind the vergers carrying four candles (this joke may need explaining – check YouTube).

By the way, not everyone buried in Poets’ Corner is a poet. Thomas Parr lived through the reigns of ten monarchs, from Edward IV to Charles I, fathered a child out of wedlock at the age of 100 was supposed to have lived to 152, when he was finally killed by the shock of coming to London. I’d take that with a pinch of salt, though.

I’ve only ever been there once, to a wedding. If you’re an MP, your children can marry there.

4 comments on “London Did You Know? No.1 – Westminster Abbey”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    I am so glad the Abbey permitted such a perfect joke to be part of the service.

  2. jan says:

    Chris i’m not sure if u have got that right about MP’s children being able to marry at the abbey. MPs marriages and the weddings of their kids can take place in the chapel within the Palace of Westminster which is near the lobby leading to the house of commons. ( St Stephen’s chapel it might be but my memory is getting a bit hazy on all the London stuff now so could be wrong.) You can see the stain glass windows of this chapel which is very beautiful from the house of lords car park at the front of the Lords at one point b4 security was so tight lots of the reporters from the house stood in that car park with the chapel behind them it is actually a part of POW contained within it i don’t believe theres any dispensation to marry within the abbey for members of the house of commons.

    Another interesting point about the abbey is that St Margarets church is a separate church where weddings and other cermonies can take place is just next door to the abbey to its left near the POW> There is a small very ancient stone to be seen near the entrance to this church and a ley line passes through this stone it must be one of the very few ancient standing stones left in the capital. again interestingly there are some rumours that there MAY have been a maze in front of this church – this ties up with a lot of EO |Gordons findings. If there was a maze at this location it would be another example of a British maze being outdoors near to a place of worship rather than as on the continent where mazes are found within cathedrals and sacred buildings. also have u ever visited the chapel of the pyx within the abbey i went years ago and had a cup of tea with the curator bloke there theres a door into this chapel with human skin stretched across it and a very interesting story attached…………i better go am blathering will e mail proper soon c u jan

  3. admin says:

    Sorry Jan, exactly so; that’s what I meant – I should have spelled it out more clearly.

  4. Helen Martin says:

    My favourite memory of St. Margaret’s church is the memorial stone erected by the parents of a ten year old girl. They wanted people to know what a perfect daughter she had been. I found it very moving.

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