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Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey

This town is now part of London’s northern commuter belt, but the Abbey was one of the wealthiest before Henry VIII closed it. It was founded by King Harold who was miraculously cured by the relic of the Holy Cross which had come from Montacute in Somerset.  After the Battle of Hastings, some of his … Continue reading

Blind Boy, Waltham Abbey

Blind Boy, Waltham Abbey

As a historian I have seen lots of memorials in churches in Britain and Europe, but this is very unusual if not unique. Tudor monuments show effigies of the parents recumbent above a representation of their children praying for them, the males on the left, females on the right. But on the left here is … Continue reading