Westminster School Archive Guided Tour
Friday 5 July 2019 – 3 pm (please book here using password FIEC/CA)
Westminster is an ancient boarding and day school, the only long-established school to remain on its original site in the centre of London. The school’s origins can be traced to a charity school established by the Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey. Its continuous existence is certain from the early fourteenth century. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540, Henry VIII personally ensured the School’s survival by statute. Elizabeth I, confirmed royal patronage in 1560 and is celebrated as the School’s Foundress. For several hundred years the School continued to be joined with Westminster Abbey, forming one collegiate foundation, until the 1868 Public Schools Act established the school as an independent body. The school still enjoys a close relationship with the Abbey and occupies a number of buildings which were formerly part of the monastery. The tour will take in Ashburnham House, ‘School’ and Dr Busby’s Library.
Availability: Due to the nature of the tour, there are only 20 spaces available.
Tickets: £7.50. Please pay by cash or cheque on the day of the tour at the school.
More details on when and where to meet with your guide will be available once the tour has been confirmed.
School website: https://www.westminster.org.uk/