Some churches are known as “Peculiars” and this includes Westminster Abbey. Peculiars are places of worship falling directly under the jurisdiction of the Queen though, in practice, they have their own system of management and administration. Westminster Abbey is governed by the Dean and Chapter established by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1560. Mostly, the Peculiars are churches or chapels connected closely to the Royal Family but the Inns of Court Chapels are also Peculiars – e.g. Temple Church.
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