2016 – 950th Anniversary of The Year of King Harold

Today is the 951st anniversary of the Coronation at Westminster Abbey of King Harold II, the Lord of the Manor of Waltham and founder of what became the Great Abbey. 

It marks the end of our Year of King Harold at Waltham Abbey when we celebrated the 950th anniversary of the important 1066 dates. We began with Compline for a Coronation in the Abbey on the 6 January 2016. During the year we went on to have a major exhibition at the Museum on King Harold II, his Life and Legacy. We welcomed English Heritage’s 1066 March to the town when armoured horsemen rode at some speed through gridlocked traffic to the Abbey and we then re-enacted King Harold praying at the Holy Cross of Waltham before continuing his journey to Hastings. Then we had the 2016 King Harold Day. This was followed by a Day Conference held at the Town Hall, and organized by the Museum, which attracted renowned speakers on King Harold, the Bayeux Tapestry and the 1066 story. Finally there was a talk on King Harold at the Museum. 

Many thanks to all those who helped to arrange the programme of events, who took part or who watched as it all took place.

We believe we have done the anniversary proud and that Waltham Abbey has lived up to its name as “King Harold’s Town”. We will continue to protect and promote the last Anglo Saxon King of England and the rich history of Waltham Abbey.





Come and welcome 1066 Marchers to Waltham Abbey tomorrow


Here’s the 1066 York to Hastings Marchers at Audley End, which they reached today.   They will be arriving at Waltham Abbey Gateway tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, about 5 pm.  (EN9 1XQ).

Do come and join us at the Gateway to welcome them.   And the Abbey bells will also peal out a welcome.   Then we will move to the rear of the Abbey, the east side, where we shall re-enact King Harold II praying at the miraculous Holy Cross of Waltham for victory in the coming battle against Duke William of Normandy.   Legend has it that the figure on the Cross bowed its head.   This was taken as a bad omen for the battle, and was right as at the Battle of Senlac Hill, popularly known as the Battle of Hastings, King Harold lost his life.   So the last Anglo Saxon King of England was no more.


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