Come and join us to Commemorate King Harold on Saturday 7th October, at 11 am at the King Harold Memorial in the Abbey Churchyard, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DG.   Help us to remember the last Anglo Saxon King of England.   Full details here.

The Fighting Man (178x181)King Harold Day
is a medieval festival held in the town of Waltham Abbey, Essex, to commemorate Harold, the last Saxon King of England

Harold Godwinson, was appointed Earl of Essex and East Anglia by Edward the Confessor, and then succeeded his father as Earl of Wessex.   On the death of Edward the Confessor, Harold was crowned King Harold II of England at Westminster Abbey on 6th January 1066.   On 14th October 1066, following an invasion led by William, Duke of Normandy, a battle was fought at Senlac Hill near Hastings, during which Harold was killed.   William defeated the Saxons, and was crowned William I of England, or William the Conqueror.

Harold’s body was eventually identified on the battlefield by his handfast wife, Edith Swan-Neck.   She took him back to Waltham for burial.   Harold was Lord of the Manor of Waltham, and had founded its priory in thanksgiving for being cured of paralysis after he had prayed at the Holy Cross of Waltham.

King Harold Day was held for the first time in 2004.

Held on the nearest Saturday to 14th October each year, this event has proved to be very popular attracting visitors from far and wide, and is an established part of the town’s calendar.

Through these pages you can find out more about the event and about Harold himself. 

We are very sorry to announce that we have had enormous troubles about this year’s event, and we have, therefore, decided we cannot hold King Harold Day in 2017.   A notice to that effect has been put on various websites.

We very much regret this, but we have been left with no choice but to cancel this year’s event, which has now been done.   

We shall continue to work to find a solution, even if it means going to a different but nearby site.   And we hope that we shall be back in 2018 when King Harold Day would be on Saturday 6th October.

People have been putting very nice comments on the internet, and there have been a number of suggestions of other venues and ideas which have been added to the list we had already put together.   There are at least three sites which would be very suitable for the event, but none of them has the unique selling point of the Abbey Gardens, which is the proximity to the Abbey Church and the monastic ruins.

Visit our Blog at https://kingharoldday.wordpress.com/  for the latest news on King Harold Day, and articles about King Harold himself and his era.