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Waltham Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey

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The Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross and St Lawrence is the parish church of the town of Waltham Abbey, Essex, England. It has been a place of worship since the 7th century. The present building dates mainly from the early 12th century and is an example of Norman architecture. To the east of the existing church are traces of an enormous eastward enlargement of the building, begun following the re-foundation of the abbey in 1177. In the Late Middle Ages, Waltham was one of the largest church buildings in England and a major site of pilgrimage; in 1540 it was the last religious community to be closed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It is still an active parish church for the town.
The monastic buildings and those parts of the church east of the crossing were demolished at the Dissolution, and the Norman crossing tower and transepts collapsed in 1553. The present-day church consists of the nave of the Norman abbey church, the 14th-century lady chapel and west wall, and a 16th-century west tower, added after the dissolution.
King Harold Godwinson, who died at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, is said to be buried in the present churchyard.
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  • What struck me first was the design was quite different to other churches I'd visited recently which I think highlighted regional differences around England. We were lucky as someone was practising.....  more
    What struck me first was the design was quite different to other churches I'd visited recently which I think highlighted regional differences around England. We were lucky as someone was practising.....  more »
  • Lovely church, Norman style. We were welcomed in and there was Music playing quietly in the background which was lovely. Only complaint - it would have been nice for our children to have had a quiz....  more
    Lovely church, Norman style. We were welcomed in and there was Music playing quietly in the background which was lovely. Only complaint - it would have been nice for our children to have had a quiz....  more »
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  • A lovely, peaceful church with a great history and beautiful stained glass. Set in lush grounds, there are still parts of the old abbey visible. It was also the last resting place of Henry II, you know 1066 and all that.
  • Wonderful church that is the final resting place of King Harold ll who was the last Saxon king. Peaceful and tranquil inside, plus has lovely stained glass and a beautiful ceiling from the Victorian times that was designed by Williams Burges I, probably as the monastery was largely build by king Harold and his wife. After he died in 1066

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