King Harold Day is this Saturday

King Harold Day 2007

Saturday 13 October,         10.00am to 4.00pm.

In the Abbey Gardens, the Abbey Church and Churchyard, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DJ.

Admission:-   Adults £2.50;  Senior Citizens £1.50;  Children accompanied by an adult free.

Medieval Festival to commemorate Harold, the last Saxon King of England, who was killed at the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066, and brought back for burial at his favourite abbey of Waltham.

In our Craft Tent, we have

Veronica Bruton who will be selling handmade cards in aid of the Abbey Church

Ron Chapman with his paintings of Waltham Abbey, and his prints and cards of them to sell.

Ricky James selling rocks and fossils

Lea-Anne Mancini selling home made sweets, chocolate coated apples and candy floss

Jenny Roberts, of Abbey Sweetmeats, selling home made produce.

Pat Klijn and Elva Nash with their stall selling hand worked needlework, including glove puppets and cushions. 

The potter’s wheel will be demonstrated by Jill Cherry and Sally Macpherson, and you can have a go at making pottery.

Georgia Wisbey will show children how to make woven willow crowns.

John and Terry Sothcott will show the replica musical instruments made by John and formerly played by him, and will explain all about them to visitors.

Epping Forest District Museum will have an exhibition, and some medieval objects for children to handle.

Lastly, there will be a stall selling delicious handmade desserts.

In individual tents around the Gardens, you will find:-

Grunal Moneta, a Moneyer or medieval mint, where Dave Greenhalgh will hammer out special King Harold coins, and let you have a go as well;   He also has jewellery for sale;

The Ray Sears Collection, where Ray Sears will show his vast collection of pictures of old Waltham Abbey;

Lady Edith’s Wares, our trader’s tent, (presided over by Richard Fletcher), where you can buy wooden swords, shields, daggers and archery sets, coins, rings, helmets and chain mail hoods, tall pointy damsel hats, maiden circlets, medieval caps, purses and bags, miniature medieval figures,  magnets,address and telephone books, medieval reading books, heraldic wallcharts, kings & queens of England wallcharts, colouring sets, quill pens and tea towels of the Bayeux Tapestry;

Waltham Abbey Historical Society’s tent will have a history exhibition, medieval objects to examine, and the Society’s local history publications for sale;

At Herbal Haven’s stall you will be able to buy fresh herbs;

In the Abbey Church, you can admire its wonderful architecture and reredos;

you can hear medieval music played, and at lunchtime can listen to a concert led by the Musical Director, Stephen Bullamore, with the violin soloist Mari Poll.

you can see a display of traditional breadmaking by Barbara Utting;

you can climb the church tower and look out over Waltham Abbey and the Lee Valley;

you can see the great bells, and hear them ring, (Grenville Welch).

Once again we have organized a Schools’ Art Competition, and this year’s theme is the Bayeux Tapestry.   Most schools in the town have entered, and the work will be on display in the Lady Chapel of the Abbey Church.   Judges  –  Cllr Stuart Pryde, Ron Chapman, Jonathan Foster and Isabelle Perrichon.

Our special attractions for the day include:-

As a very special attraction this year, Annette Banks is putting her embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry on display in the Abbey Church.   The embroidery is sixty feet long, and took her twenty years to work.   It depicts the same scenes as the original tapestry, but the wording is in English, and Annette has added some scenes taking it up to the coronation of William I in Westminster Abbey, and a special section for us which shows Harold’s mistress, Edith Swan-Neck, reclaiming his body after the Battle of Hastings and bringing it back to Waltham for burial.

Epping Archers will be with us, and will give you the opportunity to Have a Go at archery;

Various performers will be around the site, including the King’s men who will hunt down the guilty and put them in our Stocks;

PL Falconry will be with us again, and their beautiful hawks, eagles and owls will be on display all day so that you can get close to them.   Once in the morning and once in the afternoon they will fly from the Arena.   You will be able to spot them perched in nearby trees and see them return to their owner’s hand;

The Wise Woman, Debbie Harding, will be around the site, with her herbs and wise words.

The magnificent heavy horses will be with us again, and will provide rides in their brightly-painted carts.    (Dan Gallagher and friends)

Peter Frost, Waltham Abbey’s Town Crier, will be adding his voice to the event, making announcements about the day.

The Feudal Archers, a living history enactment group, will have their Saxon camp under the shadow of the Abbey.   They will cook and eat food as they would have done in the 11th century.   They will prepare their clothes, their armour and weapons, including making arrows.   Once in the morning and once in the afternoon they will perform a set piece in The Arena, where they will arm a Knight for battle, and will engage in archery and swordplay.

After all that, you will probably want some refreshment:-

Master Daniel will have his grilled meats for sale, (barbecue);

Philpott’s Tearooms will offer medieval recipes for your lunch;

Howlett’s Hall Farm Venison will be with us.   You can buy their meats, and try freshly cooked venison and wild boar;

The Beer Tent, run by Paul Henshaw from the Queen’s Arms and Bill Pryor from The Sultan, will offer you Old English Ales;

Teas, soft drinks and snacks will be on sale in the Beer Tent and the former Countryside Centre, and teas in the Abbey Church.

Our special guests will be Cllr Mrs Caroline Pond, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, and Cllr Stuart Pryde, Mayor of Waltham Abbey.

At noon they will join us for a special ceremony at the Harold Memorial Stone in the Abbey Churchyard when we will commemorate Harold, the last Saxon King of England.

Joint Organizers  –  Elaine Fletcher and Tricia Gurnett        Site Manager  –  Dave Giles

Committee  –  Sheila Giles, Isabelle Perrichon, Tony O’Connor, Garth Gregory.

Public Address System  – R D Gray of Abridge

Photography  –  Jonathan Foster

Security and Site Marshals  –  Waltham Cross Detachment, No 1 Company,  Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force.

Admission points and marshals  –  The Prefects of King Harold School.

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