Waltham Abbey (2) Location map
 
  View of the Tower, Holy Cross and St. Lawrence Church, Waltham Abbey, Essex, England   Waltham Abbey.

The Waltham Abbey church of Henry II was completely pulled down on Henry VIII's orders except for a small chapel, leaving just the nave and the original crossing tower This tower later fell down and the nave then began to lean, so a new tower was built during the reign of Queen Mary at the west end to act as a buttress.

 

 

Enlarge Comment  
 
  View of the East End, Holy Cross and St. Lawrence Church, Waltham Abbey, Essex, England   Waltham Abbey.

This impressive East End was the result of a major restoration by William Burgess in 1860. The attached building on the left is the 14th century Lady Chapel.

 

 

 

Enlarge Comment  
 
  Photograph of the main altar and east window, Waltham Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey, Essex, England   Waltham Abbey.

The East Windows above the main altar are by Burne-Jones. Immediately below the window is a frieze of Aesop's fables and below that is a Reredos of the Nativity - carved by Thomas Nicholls.

 

Enlarge Comment  
 
  Photograph of the 15th century wall painting, Holy Cross and Saint Lawrence Church, Waltham Abbey, Essex, England   Waltham Abbey.

15th century Doom (the Last Judgement) wall painting on the east wall of the Lady Chapel, built in the 14th century.

This was one of those times when I didn't want sun (the bright patches of light on the wall) but was stuck with it.

 

Enlarge Comment