The Friends of Westminster Cathedral went on Monday this week to Westminster Abbey, for a tour of the great building. It was an enormous privilege to explore the Abbey by ourselves in the evening, and we were accompanied by the Dean, the Rt Revd John Hall (below, left) and the Precentor, the Revd Graeme Napier (below, right). It was a remarkable honour to have such eminent guides, and the visit further cemented the ties of friendship between our two great churches.
Afterwards, there was a reception in the Jerusalem Chamber. The title of this magnificent room was a cruel joke for King Henry IV (his bust can just be glimpsed top right of the photograph above), of whom it had been prophesied that he whould die 'in Jerusalem'. His fond hopes of a crusade to the Holy Land were, however, misguided, for it was in this Jerusalem Chamber of Westminster Abbey that his dead body was laid out.