On this day in 1066 Harold II was crowned

On 6th January 1066 Earl Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex and former Earl of Essex and East Anglia, was crowned as King Harold II of England in the West Minster Church.   The first King to be crowned there.   (You really must not believe all those who think England’s history began with the Norman Duke William the Bastard and say that he was the first to be crowned in the new church as William I.)

No doubt the villagers and canons of Waltham, where Harold had been Lord of the Manor, rejoiced at his coronation.   And in 2016, on the 950th anniversary of that coronation, we in today’s Waltham Abbey marked the occasion by a Service of Compline in the Abbey Church.

Our Rector, the Rev’d Peter Smith, devised a special litany for the service after much research into what might be suitable.   And the Abbey Church’s Founder’s Banner was brought into a prominent place.

It was a wonderful, peaceful and inspiring service in the quiet of the evening, and one we will all remember.   Photograph courtesy of Richard Walters.

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