to the Fifth King Harold Day, held to commemorate Harold II, the last Saxon King of England, who died at the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066.   Harold was lord of the manor of Waltham, and had founded a minster or church here with a college of secular canons.   Edith Swan-Neck, Harold’s mistress, who lived in one of his manor houses at nearby Nazeing, identified his body and brought it to his favourite church at Waltham for burial. 

King Harold Day has now become an established part of the town’s annual calendar, being held on the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of Harold’s death.   This year will be better than ever, with some established favourites and some exciting new performers.   We hope you enjoy the day. 

The King Harold Day Society Committee

Tricia Gurnett (Organizer & Chairman);  Dave Giles (Site Manager);  Paul Fury (Chief Marshal & Treasurer);  Isabelle Perrichon (Design & Bayeux links);  Sheila Giles, Tony O’Connor, Lynda Fury, Nicola Cobbold.

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