Saint Margaret's Church on Parliament Square, London

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The Church of St Margaret, Westminster Abbey, is situated in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Parliament Square, and is the Anglican parish church of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in London. It is dedicated to Margaret of Antioch.
Founded in the twelfth century by Benedictine monks, so that local people who lived in the area around the Abbey could worship separately at their own simpler parish church, and historically part of the hundred of Ossulstone in the county of Middlesex, St Margaret's was rebuilt from 1486 to 1523. It became the parish church of the Palace of Westminster in 1614, when the Puritans of the seventeenth century, unhappy with the highly liturgical Abbey, chose to hold Parliamentary services in the more "suitable" St Margaret's: a practice that has continued since that time.
The Rector of St Margaret's is a canon of Westminster Abbey.
The north-west tower was rebuilt by John James from 1734 to 1738; at the same time, the whole structure was encased in Portland stone. Both the eastern and the western porch 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, although many of the Tudor features were retained.
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  • This is a pleasant but small church on Parliament Square, its shadowed by the Abbey but is well worth a visit. Often used by Parliament for small ceremonies.  more »
  • This is a small church in front of Westminster Abbey, facing the church. I noticed that it was a different church. If I don't walk around this church, I won't know. Because it's not open, it's easy to be ignored by customers.
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  • Lovely place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists visiting Westminster Abbey next door. If you want a peaceful place to pray and gather your thoughts, this is the place to go.
  • This church is right next to Westminster Abbey. A small church but definitely historic architecture. Definitely another landmark in London. I love the "clock" alike thing on the building. It is not a regular clock but shape like a clock. It definitely adds some character.
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