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Westminster Abbey - photograph

WESTMINSTER ABBEY: THE REREDOS. 

Gilbert Scott designed the altar and reredos which were erected in Westminster Abbey in t86;. The four figures standing out from the alabaster reredos are by Armstead, and represent Moses, David, St. Peter and St. Paul and the Last Supper over the altar is in glass mosaic by Salviati. The mosaic pavement within the rails was brought from Rome in 1268. The tombs to the left are those of Edmund Crouchback, Earl of Lancaster, of Aveline his wife, and of Aymer de Valence, cousin of Edward I. To the right is a restored portrait of Richard II., the earliest contemporary portrait of an English Sovereign, hung against tapestry brought from Westminster School. Many of our rulers have been crowned in front of the altar, from William the Conqueror on Christmas Day, 1066, to Queen Victoria on June 28th, 1838.