Welcome to the Holy Cross Festival at Waltham Abbey

Saturday 4th May 2019 

A medieval event for the town of Waltham Abbey to celebrate the bringing of the Miraculous Holy Cross from Montacute in Somerset to Waltham in 1035 by Tovi the Proud, Standard Bearer to King Cnut.   Waltham became a great place of pilgrimage because of the Holy Cross, and our event will show how pilgrims came from across the River Lea into the town and how they were received at the Abbey.

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Come and join us and the Holy Cross on its journey.   Medieval costume would be great, but is not essential.   Support your side  –  Wear Red for the Vikings or Blue for the Saxons.   At the same time the Abbey’s bells will ring.

Don’t worry, the walk doesn’t start in Somerset but from the Cornmill car park, behind the Town Hall, EN9 1DE.    Gather near Elphwood Scout HQ in the car park from 1.00pm.   The walk will start at 1.30pm.

Residents and visitors to the town are most welcome to join us on the walk, or just to watch as the procession passes.   Please note that the procession will be under the control of marshals, but participants walk at their own risk.

Good places to watch  –  Parking area at front of Abbey Church, Market Square, Sun Street, Rear of Abbey Church near King Harold Memorial.

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On Thursday 2nd May there will be an illustrated talk in the Abbey Church about the 1960s Restoration of the building.   Talk by Grenville Weltch.   Begins at 6.30pm.