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Waltham Abbey

I had a rare day booked off work on Tuesday and as per my last post, we had been meaning to walk to Papermill Lock. Rain destroyed this dream on Monday and we decided it was not worth ruining shoes for.

Waltham Abbey was an idea conjured up by me (as usual ;)), and the boy was easily persuaded (he's the designated driver). I've been dreaming about visiting the market town ever since reading Helen Hollick's `Harold the King` and it was everything I expected it to be.

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Harold's Tomb is within the grounds of the Abbey, but there has been debate as to whether his bones are lying under the great stone slab. Everybody is familiar of the story of Ealdg╚│├░ Swann hnesce (Edith Swanneschals or Edith Swanneck) being given permission by William the Conqueror to search for her husband's body within the mass of dead, bloodied, butchered Saxon housecarls, thegns, mercenaries etc). She recognised Harold's corpse by an intimate scar on his torso and begged for William to allow the dead King to be given a proper burial. Even the efforts of Harold's family did not persuade the Conqueror to give up the body (they bribed him with gold).
Harold's body was eventually laid to rest in ground overlooking the seashore. However, there has been recent claims that his body is in fact buried at the Godwin family church in Bosham - hair and bones were found dating back to around the 1060s...but unfortunately, nobody knows where he is. He could be in Bosham or he could be in Waltham Abbey where his remains were assumed to have been moved to after William supposedly relented. (I'm not sure if i can see the former formidable Duke of Normandy performing these actions!).

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I had a private, quiet moment when standing at the tomb and was quite surprised to see that some soul had left some flowers by the graveside.
It would be nice to think that he could be under all that soil - obviously not much would be left, but it's still comforting all the same.

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Outfit;

coat - primark via a blog sale (£12.99)
skirt - topshop via a charity shop (£4.99)
blouse - topshop (£22)
cardigan - hobbs via a charity shop (£2.99)

I am very glad it rained.

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