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St. Margaret’s church dates from the early 12th-century, and was rebuilt in 1486. It has since become known as the parish church of Parliament, due to its location near the Commons.
Many famous people have married at the church, including Samuel Pepys (1665), John Milton (1656) and Sir Winston Churchill (1908).
The stained-glass window records another engagement – that of Prince Arthur to Catherine of Aragon. She later married his younger brother, Henry VIII, who went on to divorce her and marry Anne Boleyn.
A tablet near the altar marks the spot where the great seafaring explorer Sir Walter Raleigh was buried, after his execution in the Old Palace Yard.
St. Margaret’s is also said to contain the grave of William Caxton – London’s famous printer – but nobody knows where it is.
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