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Encyclopedia > St. Margaret's, Westminster
St. Margaret's Church Westminster
St. Margarets Church, Westminster, seen from the London Eye observation wheel. The church (with three red buses directly in front of it) nestles between the Houses of Parliament (foreground) and Westminster Abbey (background).

The Anglican church of St. Margaret's, Westminster is the parish church of the British Houses of Parliament, nestled in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Parliament Square. Download high resolution version (540x640, 74 KB)photo by lonpicman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (540x640, 74 KB)photo by lonpicman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Westminster is the name of a city that covers much of central London, located to the west of the ancient City of London, and which has been the principal seat of government in England for more than nine hundred years. ... St. ... St. ... The London Eye is, as of December 2003, the largest observation wheel in the world (though often erroneously called a Ferris wheel). ... An observation wheel is a large slowly-rotating vertically-oriented structure carrying enclosed passenger cars or pods along its circumference. ... This may refer to the: British Houses of Parliament. ... The Abbey at night, from Deans Yard. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... A parish church is the church which acts as the religious centre of a parish, the basic administrative unit of episcopal churches. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and a member of the British Commonwealth and European Union. ... Clock Tower and New Palace Yard from the west The Palace of Westminster, on the banks of the River Thames in Westminster, London, is the home of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, which form the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... The Abbey at night, from Deans Yard. ... Parliament Square is a roundabout west of the northern end of the British Houses of Parliament. ...

Originally founded in the 12th century as the parish church of the area around the Abbey, it was rebuilt from 1486 to 1523, and became the parish of the Palace of Westminster in 1614, when the Puritans of the 17th century, unhappy with the highly ceremonial Abbey, chose to hold Parliamentary services in the more 'suitable' St. Margaret's, a practice which has since continued. (11th century - 12th century - 13th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 12th century was that century which lasted from 1101 to 1200. ... Events Tízoc, Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan dies of poisoning. ... Events April - Battle of Villalors - Forces loyal to Emperor Charles V defeat the Comuneros, a league of urban bourgeois rebelling against Charles in Spain. ... Events April 5 - In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe. ... The Puritans were members of a group of radical Protestants which developed in England after the Reformation. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ...

The north-west tower was rebuilt by John James from 1734 to 1738, as well as the whole structure being encased in Portland Stone. Both eastern and western porches were added later by J L Pearson. The church's interior was greatly restored and altered to its current appearance by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1877, though many of the Tudor features have remained. John James (1672-1746) was an architect particularly associated with Twickenham in west London and the design of church buildings - a vocation perhaps partly explained by his being the son of a Hampshire parson, also named John James. ... Events January 8 - Premiere of George Frideric Handels opera Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. ... Events April 15 - - Premiere in London of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. ... Portland Stone is limestone from the Jurassic period quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. ... The chapel of St Johns College, Cambridge is characteristic of Scotts many church designs Sir George Gilbert Scott (July 13, 1811 - March 27, 1878) was an English architect of the Victorian Age, chiefly associated with the design, building and renovation of churches and cathedrals. ... 1877 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The Tudor style, a term applied to the Perpendicular style, was originally that of the English architecture and decorative arts produced under the Tudor dynasty that ruled England from 1485 to 1603, characterized as an amalgam of Late Gothic style formalized by more concern for regularity and symmetry, with round...

Notable features include the eastern window of 1509 of Flemish stained glass, created to remember the betrothal of Catherine of Aragon to Prince Arthur, elder brother of Henry VIII. Other windows commemorate William Caxton, Britain's first printer, who was buried at the church in 1491, Sir Walter Raleigh, executed in Old Palace Yard and then also buried in the church in 1618, and the poet John Milton, a parishioner of the church. Events February 2 - Battle of Diu took place near Diu, India. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Strictly speaking, stained glass is glass that has been painted with silver stain and then fired. ... The recently-widowed young Catherine of Aragon, by Henry VIIs court painter, Michael Sittow, c. ... Arthur Tudor (20 September 1486 – 2 April 1502) was the eldest son of Henry VII of England. ... Henry VIII King of England and Ireland by Hans Holbein the Younger His Grace King Henry VIII (28 June 1491–28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (later King of Ireland) from 22 April 1509 until his death. ... William Caxton (c. ... Events December 6 - King Charles VIII marries Anne de Bretagne, thus incorporating Brittany into the kingdom of France. ... Alternatively, Professor Walter Raleigh was a scholar and author circa 1900. ... Events March 8 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion (he soon rejects the idea after some initial calculations were made but on May 15 confirms the discovery). ... John Milton, English poet John Milton (December 9, 1608—November 8, 1674) was an English poet, most famous for his blank verse epic Paradise Lost. ...

The church has been a common venue for 'society' weddings, including those of Samuel Pepys and Sir Winston Churchill. Samuel Pepys Samuel Pepys (February 23, 1633 - May 26, 1703) was a 17th century English civil servant, famous for his diary. ... The Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill KG, OM, CH, FRS ( November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965) was a British statesman, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. At various times an author, soldier, journalist, and politician, Churchill is generally regarded as one...



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