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Westminster Abbey

 

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  • Westminster Abbey Stands on the location of a shrine consecrated in 616.
  • The current building was started by Edward the Confessor between 1045 and 1050 in Romanesque style.
  • The current Abbey was rebuilt in Gothic style and completed between 1245 and 1517 in a perpendicular style. Much of the marble used during this period was shipped in from Rome where it was taken from Roman ruins.
  • The 25 year period that Henry the 3rd spent building the abbey from 1246 is estimated to have cost 46,000, that was 5% of the income from his treasury in this time-span.
  • In 1540 the reformation saw the Abbey itself shut down and for ten years it became a Cathedral. It was saved from destruction during this period by its royal connections.
  • The Abbeys two western towers were built between 1722 and 1745 by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, constructed from Portland stone, and the earliest example of a Gothic Revival design.
  • George Gilbert Scott planned to have a third central tower added to the Abbey as part of his grand design for Westminster which included an unbuilt Albert Memorial.
  • Every monarch crowned in England from 1066 onwards has been crowned in Westminster Abbey.

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Architect
Henry Yevele
Developer
Edward the Confessor
Main Contractor
John of Gloucester
Masterplanning Architect
Henry of Reyns
Renovation Architect
Nicholas Hawksmoor

Reference Data

Reference No.
198
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
26-05-2015
 

Building Location

Address
Dean's Yard, London. SW1
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1045
Completion date
1745
Heritage Status
World Heritage Site
Style
Gothic

Roof Height (AGL)
69.00

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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