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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey
The West Front of Westminster Abbey © Dean & Chapter of Westminster Abbey 2003

The resting-place of monarchs and statesmen, soldiers and poets, Westminster Abbey is the nation's parish church. The building we see today was largely the 13th-century work of Henry III, but there has been a church of some sort on this site ever since the then Bishop of London came to consecrate one in the 700s, and found a miraculous apparition of St Peter stepping in to do the job for him.

One of the main focal points of the Abbey, just inside the main door, is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the first world war, whose gravestone is the only one in the Abbey that may not be walked over. Come with us on a tour of one of England's most important Christian landmarks.

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry