Visit: Westminster Abbey Library - Muniment Collections

Visit: Westminster Abbey Library - Muniment Collections
20190503T1430Z 20190503T1630Z
Fri 3 May 2019
2 hours

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Join us on this visit to the Westminster Archive, or Muniment Collection.

It is one of the oldest and richest Collections in England. The documents held there include the records of Westminster Abbey from the 10th century to the present day. At the centre of the Collection, are records of the land the Abbey held until the late 19th century. The extensive estate was scattered widely across southern England and the Midlands. There are also the financial records of various administrative monastery officials, such as the Almoner and Cellarer up to 1540, and the Steward and Treasurer from 1560.

Other documents in the Muniments include royal charters, minutes of Chapter meetings, leases of Abbey property (lease books from 1486), some records of coronations and funerals, letters (including a large collection of Dean Pearce’s correspondence), tradesmen’s bills, Hebrew documents, and coroners’ inquests for the City of Westminster between 1760–1880.

Important notes:

1. You will need to be able to walk up 46 steps.

2. This visit allows entry to the library only, not to the Abbey itself. 

The time of this visit has been changed from 11.00-13.00 to 14.30-16.30