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A secret garden.

Hidden within the walls of Westminster Abbey precinct and in cultivation for over 900 yrs is the oldest English garden. The Abbey was founded by Edward the Confessor around 1000 years ago and College Garden as it is known now, was originally the infirmary garden. It comprised flower gardens, orchards, fishponds, beehives, with vegetables and herbs tended by a small team of Benedictine monks. They were expected to attend all daily services and will have had to leave muddy boots and capes outside the Abbey! Today, the garden is a tranquil spot with fountains and shrubs, flowers and herbs, overlooked by Westminster School. It's available to hire out in summer but I can’t imagine it’s cheap! Alternatively visit the garden at the end of your visit to this historic Abbey (check the website for details of tickets).



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