Waltham Abbey -EXCERPT: 'In March 1540, Waltham became the last abbey to be closed down by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Interestingly, the abbey organist at the time was Thomas Tallis (circa 1505 - 1585) who is now considered the father of English cathedral music.'
Waltham Abbey The Augustinian abbey was a popular place for kings to stay during hunting trips in nearby Waltham Forest. Henry VIII was a regular visitor and on several occasions was accompanied by Anne Boleyn. In July 1529, Henry VIII took Anne Boleyn on progress and visited a number of places including the Abbey. During the summer progress of 1532, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed at Waltham Abbey for five days.
Harold II 1066 Saxon. Grandson of Canute, brother in law of Edward the Confessor. Elected king by the Witan and crowned hastily. Had just defended his kingdom against his brother Tostig and a Norwegian force in York when William of Normandy landed and marched his forces north to meet in battle. Harold died in the Battle of Hastings with an arrow through his eye. He was buried on the battlefield but later reinterred at Waltham Abbey.
King Harold's Grave. Waltham Abbey Legend has it that after his death at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Harold's body was brought to Waltham for burial near to the High Altar. Today, the spot is marked by a stone slab in the churchyard (originally the site of the high altar prior to the Reformation).
Now known mostly for his defeat and death in the Battle of Hastings, Harold II was the last Saxon king of England. Did you know that 12 October is King Harold Day? His life is commemorated this weekend at Waltham Abbey in Essex. Event link: http://www.kingharoldday.co.uk Two related books that may be of interest: http://boybrew.co/19phA3w & http://boybrew.co/19phIA0