Waltham Holy Cross

Waltham Holy Cross,

town (1981 pop. 19,432), Essex, SE England. The abbey there, the Norman nave of which is used as a parish church, was built in 1030 to contain a cross found in Somerset; it was believed to have miraculous powers. The abbey was enlarged in 1060 under King Harold.
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Armed with two axes, Martin Miles, 49, went on a rampage of destruction in the Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross in Waltham Abbey, Essex, on January 3.
The church, whose full title is the Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross and St Lawrence, was closed to the public last night as church officials assessed the extent of the damage.