June 18 – A trip to Bishop Stortford and Hertford Castle

Birchanger and Stansted Mountfitchet

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

We decided to go to Bishop Stortford which is about a 45 min drive away to find the tombs of King Harold, Edith Swanneck and Harold’s two brothers. There was a claim made a few years ago so we wanted to look into it.

On the way, we stopped at Hertford as we saw two churches and a castle from the road. We found a convenient car park and went to visit the church. It was a lovely church inside but covered in scaffolding all around the outside. It has a wonderful domed area around the altar with some fantastic stained glass windows. We went to St Michael’s church and went to have a look around. We found no sign of the tombs existant nor of the article in any of the histories of the church. However, it did have some lovely stained glass windows and 18 wonderful misericords.
A gentleman that had something to do with┬áthe church came in and we asked him about the tombs but he was very unsure and confused claiming that Harold Harefoot was buried at Waltham Abbey while Harold II (of Battle of Hasting’s fame) was buried at their church. None of this seems accurate.