The first mention of the place dates back to 960 A.D. Then the monks built the first building on the small island of Thorny on the Thames. The island no longer exists, although the name Thorney Street in Westminster arose from it. Now the MI5 Security Service building faces this street. In 1040, by order of King Edward the Confessor, work began on the restructuring and expansion of the church in honor of the Apostle Peter. Edward the Confessor did not witness the end of the work, but became the first royal person to be buried in Westminster Abbey in 1065. Since then, 30 kings and queens have found the last refuge in the walls of the Abbey.
And a year later, in 1066, on Christmas Day, the first monarch William I the Conqueror was crowned here. The Gothic church that tourists see today was founded by Henry III in 1245. In one form or another, construction lasted until 1745.