Celebrate Holy Cross Day at Waltham Abbey

Exciting news for all you 1066 and Anglo Saxon fans – the King Harold Day Society is promoting a new event in Waltham Abbey on 14 September this year, which we hope will become an annual date in the calendar. 

We are working with the Abbey Church and with Waltham Abbey Historical Society to put on     ………………..   

Holy Cross Day, to celebrate the day in about 1035 when Tovi the Proud, King Cnut’s Standard Bearer, brought the Holy Cross from Montacute to Waltham. 

So on Wednesday 14th September there will be a special service in the Abbey during which the story of the journey of the Holy Cross will be told.   Later there will be a procession from the western side of the River Lea, across the river, ending in the Abbey Churchyard.  This will represent the 66 Saxons who, according to the Waltham Chronicle, accompanied the Holy Cross on its journey to Waltham.   The procession will end at the eastern side of the Abbey in the spot where it is believed Tovi built his church to accommodate the Holy Cross, and there we will erect the cross we have brought from the other side of the River Lea. 

There will be a peal of bells from the Abbey Church, which will coincide with a similar peal at Montacute where they also celebrate Holy Cross Day. 

Watch this site for more details.

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Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. A great day also not far from the date of King Harolds great victory at Stamford Bridge ( not against Chelsea)

  2. Very true, Michael – a great victory for Harold and his army. We always warn people that if they are planning to look up Stamford Bridge on a search engine they should be ready for thousands of references to Chelsea before ever they get to Yorkshire!

  3. This promises to be a grand event – and hopefully the first of an annual one. I will be there!


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