|Marking King Harold's Grave. The inscription reads: 'This stone marks the position of the high altar behind which King Harold is said to have been buried 1066'.|
'This was a fatal day for England, a melancholy havoc of our dear country brought about by its change of lords'
William of Malmesbury (1125) on the Battle of Hastings
This autumn, I've visited the ruins of Waltham Abbey, where the last Saxon king Harold Godwinson is supposed to be buried. Waltham Abbey and Church have long been on my list of places to visit and because - this week - it's exactly 950 years after the Battle of Hastings (it took place on 14 October 1066), now seems like the right time to do it.
|The Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross and St Lawrence, Waltham Abbey.|
|Statue of King Harold, Waltham Abbey Church|
|The Church seen over the ruins of the Abbey|
|14th Century Gateway and Bridge, Waltham Abbey. The bricks on the left are Essex bricks|
and are an example of some of the earliest medieval bricks in the country.
|Rose Window, Waltham Abbey Church, showing the story of Genesis.|
It was designed by Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones
|Scenes from King Harold Day (Medieval musicians and archers).|