Poets Corner

  1. New Collection Launch : Westminster Watercolours


    Inspired by Alexander Creswell's watercolour paintings

    A new collection designed and produced exclusively for Westminster Abbey

    Our latest collection is inspired by the stunning set of original watercolour paintings by internationally acclaimed artist Alexander Creswell. His distinctive style combines subtle colouring and skilful draughtsmanship with a strong reverence for natural light.

    Creswell was first invited to visit the Abbey in 2011, arriving with his sketchbook to explore its intricacy and grandeur. Between then and 2017, he has painted a collection of works capturing spectacular views, famous monuments and glimpses of moments in the life of the Abbey. Many of these paintings...

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  2. Mothering Sunday Gift Guide


    Sunday 11th March 2018

    Sunday 11th March marks Mothering Sunday in the UK. We have pulled together some of our favourite pieces inspired by the life, history, architecture and treasures of the Abbey that we think will make the perfect gift for Mum this year.

    For the lover of gardening and everything 'Spring Time' we have a range of Abbey Garden inspired gardening tools, cosmetic bags and music. A wonderful guide written by our Head Gardener Jan Pancheri has recently been published and recounts the history and the varying horticultural challenges of different spaces around the Abbey gardens. We also have a...

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  3. Poets Corner: Jane Austen

    Born some 242 years ago in 1775, December 16th marks the birthday of cherished novelist Jane Austen.

    Known around the world for her six major novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, Austen’s writing is a triumph of clever wit and sparkling dialogue. Famous for her subtle humour, biting irony and her realistic perception of the society in which she lived, Austen was quite unlike anyone else of her time.

    Although her resting place is in Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, Austen was memorialised here at Westminster Abbey on 17 December 1967, with a polished roman stone tablet provided by the Jane Austen Society and placed in Poets Corner, adjacent to Shakespeare’s memorial.

    Jane Austen passed away at the age of only 41, in 1817. Today, Read more »