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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Friday, 18 March 2016

Waltham Abbey


This is the church of the Holy Cross and St Lawrence, Waltham Abbey in Essex. The church has served the community for fourteen centuries. There have been several churches on the site over the years. The present building dates from the 12th cent. In the late Middle Ages Waltham was one of the largest churches in England and was a place of pilgrimage.



It was the last religious community to be closed in 1540 during Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.












Ruins of the 14th cent gatehouse of the Augustinian Abbey. Built in 1369 of stone and bricks the gateway formed the main entrance to the abbey precinct. The large archway was for wheeled traffic and the smaller one for pedestrians.


I was there very early one Sunday morning and enjoyed the surroundings. I must return at a different hour when the Abbey is open.


 Ancestor by Helena Stykianides. It was carved from a nine foot tree trunk from Epping Forest donated by the Corporation of London.











Legend has it that the Abbey is the burial site of King Harold, the last Saxon King who died in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. 







Sharing with James at Weekend Reflection

21 comments:

  1. A lovely oeaceful area & I do like the carved "ancestor" from a tree trunk.

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  2. A place I would like to visit when I get the chance, looks very peaceful

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  3. Lovely abbey! You remind me that I'm going to miss Downton Abbey. :-)

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  4. ahhhhhhhhhhh

    the history makes me melt. (the photos aren't half-bad either *wink*)

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  5. Beautiful! And so gigantic. Love all the details you took:) Hope that people are able to visit this, also from the inside?

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  6. A beautiful building! I enjoyed seeing your photos and the details!

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  7. Superbe endroit et monument !

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  8. Just so amazing that something this old still stands. Here in Oklahoma, early 1800's is the oldest it gets.

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  9. Wonderful post. It's not a place I've visited, though I'd like to. I also need to get to Waltham Cross to see the remains of the Eleanor cross there.

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  10. How great to see living history!

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  11. I love your photos of the old churches throughout England.

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  12. The history in your part of the world is pretty mind boggling to someone from the colonies :) Thanks for sharing Fun60.

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  13. The history in your part of the world is pretty mind boggling to someone from the colonies :) Thanks for sharing Fun60.

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  14. That statue is wonderful. It seems a miracle that these monasteries and abbeys have remained standing for all this time after being (forced to) abandoned. When open, are there services or tours ?

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  15. Lovely! I do love visiting monasteries and abbeys.

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  16. Wonderful and interesting place.

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  17. I like the reflections! This looks like a great place to explore.

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  18. gorgeous reflections. Soon it will be gren :)

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  19. What a wonderful time to visit. You can feel the peace and quiet.

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  20. What a lovely Abbey to visit and I love the reflection of the trees inthe water.

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  21. Thank you for sharing your journey this week. What a grand building is the Waltham Abbey and a sweet bird.

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