|Waltham Abbey Church|
The last abbey to be dissolved was Waltham Abbey, which was dissolved in 1540. Located in Essex, it is thought to have been the last abbey to have been dissolved as it was a favourite of Henry VIII's due to the surrounding hunting parks and his friendship with the abbot, Robert Fuller. Although he had it dissolved Henry still retained some favour for Waltham as he suggested that it be made one of the new Cathedrals for the Church of England, but this suggestion was never implemented.
|The 14th century gatehouse|
The image on the right shows the 14th century 'Harold's bridge' which crosses Cornmill Stream. The bridge has earned its name as the abbey is the final resting place of the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, Harold II (Harold Godwinson).
The inside of the abbey church provides an excellent example of Norman architecture with the dominant piers and carvings of faces in the stonework and there is a fascinating 15th century Doom painting.
|The nave of Waltham Abbey Church|
|The 15th century doom painting at Waltham Abbey Church, with Christ in the centre and the jaws of hell on the right|