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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  • Saint Margaret's Church on Parliament Square is a unique masterpiece of Gothic architecture. If you're interested in architecture you'll be more than happy. The church has a fascinating history.  more »
  • Nice church that could easily be passed on Parliament Square. Unfortunately it’s buried amongst all the other sites.  more »
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  • St Philip and St James is the English village church at its most reassuring, rubble-built in the 14th century and restored in 1847 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, who altered much of the church's architecture, including the addition of dressed stone to the upper sections of the south and east walls and the majority of the north. Notably, the royal arms above the south door date to 1660, the year of the Restoration. The churchyard is well kept and the bells were completely refurbished in 2011. The more recent development of the north west corner in wood, steel and glass may lack some of the charm of the rest of the church's fabric, but is finished to a high standard — receiving a national award from Country Life magazine in 2008.
  • A beautiful church right next to Westminster Abby. Most people miss this one for the main attraction but it is well worth the visit particularly to some quiet away from the crowds visiting the Abby.
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