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A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been found guilty of defacing a portrait of the Queen with purple paint while it was hanging in Westminster Abbey.

Unholy row over finances spoils Easter celebrations

AS the annual Crucifixion procession concluded at Westminster Abbey yesterday, all appeared peaceful and harmonious. But behind the scenes a most unholy row was rumbling on.

Retirement ruffles feathers in the cloister

Forcing Westminster Abbey's guides to give up their jobs at 75 has put the Dean at the centre of controversy - again, writes Rosa Prince

Leading Article: Pray or pay at Abbey

WESTMINSTER Abbey is to charge visitors an admission fee of pounds 5, but waive the fee for those who want to use the church for prayer. This raises the question of how the beadles at the West Door will perform the act of triage - distinguishing mere tourists from those with religious intent. And they must not let themselves be caught out by those arty types to whom gazing on Baroque sculpture or contemplating a soaring chancel equates to a spiritual experience.

Tribute paid to a grand old knight of classical music

Lady Solti and her two daughters outside Westminster Abbey yesterday after a tribute to the conductor Sir Georg Solti, who died last year.

Tribute to a knight of music

Lady Solti and her two daughters outside Westminster Abbey yesterday after a tribute to the conductor Sir Georg Solti who died last year.

Established Values: How the Church nearly lost its way over the death of Enoch Powell

IN THE END they had roped off the south transept of Westminster Abbey so that you couldn't get to where Enoch Powell's body had been placed for its "lying in" the night before his funeral. "It's not before the High Altar," a red-robed Abbey divine said, a little too anxiously, "that privilege is reserved for members of the Royal Family and Abbey clergy." It was not in the Lady chapel, for that was reserved for members of the Order of the Garter, and John Enoch Powell was elevated no higher than the rank of privy counsellor. Rather it was in the chapel of St Faith, just off Poet's Corner.

Letter: Powell's resting place

"LYING in state" is hardly a correct description of the practice whereby the body of any member of the Westminster Abbey family, of which the late Enoch Powell, being a regular attendant at both St Margaret's Church and the Abbey, was a much-respected member, is allowed to rest in the Abbey overnight before the funeral (report, 16 February).

MPs and clergy clash over Powell lying in state

CONTROVERSIAL to the last, Enoch Powell sparked his final political row yesterday as leading churchmen questioned his right to lie in state in Westminster Abbey.

RADIO: Get Pachelbel out of the canon - now!

SOMEONE gave us a box of chocolate- covered marshmallows this Christmas. Insubstantial and rather too sweet but undemanding and easy to swallow, they were like the stuff Richard Baker used to play when he introduced - week after year after decade - a selection of tunes called These You Have Loved. (This was before he hightailed off to Classic FM to do, essentially, more of the same). To his credit, he remarked at the time that it should have been named Some of These You Might Quite Like, but the real title lodged somewhere in the national psyche. This week on Music Machine (R3), Verity Sharp invited professional musicians to air their pet hates in These You Have Loathed.

Travel: Forget the beach - try a tomb with a view

Will Diana make graveyards the next big tourist destination? Tony Kelly goes in search of famous names and poetic epitaphs

Classical music: So, what's the story so far?

Music on Radio 3

Liberating London: Should Nelson and Churchill look down on car- free zones?

Why does it require personages of the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Culture to launch a public consultation on closing parts of two London squares to traffic?

Heritage: Westminster Abbey prepares modern martyrs' corner

Westminster Abbey is to have a section devoted to religious martyrs of the 20th century. As Michael Streeter discovers, the Abbey has a long tradition of celebrating the great and good.

Haydn seek

The Haydn Trail Wigmore Hall, London

Women jailed for Abbey thefts

Two women tourists who stole teddy bears and flowers that had been left outside Westminster Abbey in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, were jailed yesterday for four weeks.
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