This Wednesday 14 September is Holy Cross Day which has special meaning in Waltham Abbey.
The church there was once famous for its ‘miraculous’ cross known to King Harold who was defeated at the Battle of Hastings.
The cross was ‘miraculous’ because having been found in Somerset it was loaded on to a cart whose oxen refused to move until the word “Waltham” had been uttered.
The cart arrived in Waltham where the black cross was placed in the church which was later enlarged to be today’s abbey church.
Wednesday will see a procession with a cross from the Olympic white water centre to the abbey church.
This will commemorate that bringing of the miraculous Holy Cross from Montacute in Somerset to Waltham by Tovi the Proud in 1035.
The procession starts at 6.30pm and on arrival at 7pm a quarter peal of bells will be rung simultaneously at the Abbey Church and St Catherine’s Church at Montacute in Somerset.
There is talk of some participants wearing costume. Whether they do or not this is the start of what within a decade may have become an annual custom.