Waltham Abbey is a market town on the south west side of Essex.
The town's history is interwoven through its architecture, even in modern day. The Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross is a Saxon built church which is still in use today. Believed to be built by the King of the East Saxons, it was a small, wooden building with a simple structure. Now it only takes us the small space in which the choir stand in. It is believed that Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England is buried outside the present abbey.
John Foxe, author of 'Foxe's Book of Martyrs' lived in this town. This book celebrated the work of the Waltham Abbey Church and was hung in the chains on a pillar in the church as a mark of respect.