Westminster Abbey

United Kingdom, 1940

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The history of Westminster Abbey is the history of England. Here Parliament once met; here for centuries the Kings and Queens of England have been crowned; and here are buried illustrious Englishmen of all times - sovereigns, statesmen, poets, scientists, musicians. In the nave is the tomb of an Unknown Warrior, brought from Flanders in 1920 as representative of all the nameless British dead in the War of 1914-18. Westminster Abbey is a fine example of early English architecture. Concludes with scenes of the coronation of King George VIth. The film is accompanied by the Westminster Choir and the London Symphony Orchestra with original music composed and conducted by Horace Shepherd. Commentator: Alvar Lidell.


production company

Inspiration Pictures (GB)


Horace Shepherd



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United Kingdom
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Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Cathedrals - Great Britain

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Westminster Abbey

Crafts & Visual Arts → Cathedrals - Design and construction

Crafts & Visual Arts → Cathedrals - Great Britain

Crafts & Visual Arts → Church architecture


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Cathedrals - Design and construction

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Cathedrals - Great Britain

History → Cathedrals - Design and construction

History → Cathedrals - Great Britain

History → Coronations

History → Great Britain - History

History → History

History → Westminster Abbey

Music & Performing Arts → Choirs (Music)

Places → Westminster Abbey

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




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16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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