Friday, 24 August 2018

Raleigh 400 at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster 28-29 October 2018

Professor Brent Lane, from the University of North Carolina, is keen for US as well as UK citizens to attend October's Raleigh 400 commemoration at St Margaret's, Westminster. He is pictured here next to Raleigh's tomb in the church  

As you will know by now, we have been commemorating this year the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh. Our Raleigh 400 exhibition at Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton has been a great success; it has been extended to 31 October thanks to the agreement by Tate London to our display of Millais’ painting ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ until that date.

Locally, church services will be held in connection with the 400th anniversary on Sunday 28 October at All Saints in Raleigh’s birthplace of East Budleigh, and at Holy Trinity in nearby Exmouth. 

St Margaret's Church, Westminster 
Image credit John Salmon

The anniversary is also being marked at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, where Raleigh was buried. There will be a service at 11.00 am on Sunday 28 October at which the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall will preach, and special guests will be invited. 

On the evening of 29 October, at 6.30 pm, Dr Mark Nicholls, leading Raleigh scholar and author of a recent authoritative biography, will present a lecture on Raleigh’s life. You can read in more detail about these plans in the St Margaret’s Summer 2018 newsletter at 

The Raleigh Window at St Margaret's, depicting Sir Walter's arrival in America. Of course he never actually set foot on the continent of North America

Attendance at either or both of the London events is welcome, but they are by invitation only.   If you are interested and wish to find out more, you can email  

Invitations will be sent by email shortly after 5 September. 


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