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Olympic Commemorative Shield

Hothouse IWG
2012

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Description

Monument shaped like a disk, inspired by the rose window in the Abbey Church and executed in the Olympic commemorative colours of bronze, silver and gold. On both faces are the same medaillons with reliefs: in the center a large relief showing King Harold II with the Abbey Church, and the text king harold's town waltham abbey and the date. Around this are seven medaillons showing:

Waltham Abbey - Olympic Commemorative Shield
1. Portrait of King Henry VIII, who was a regular visitor of Waltham Abbey during hunting trips in Waltham Forest.
Waltham Abbey - Olympic Commemorative Shield
2. The Olympic Torch Relay.
Waltham Abbey - Olympic Commemorative Shield
3. Coat-of-arms of Waltham Holy Cross, used by the Waltham Abbey town council.
Waltham Abbey - Olympic Commemorative Shield
4. The Eleanor Cross in Waltham Cross (see here).
Waltham Abbey - Olympic Commemorative Shield
5. The Olympic Canoe Slalom event, which was held in Waltham Abbey.
Waltham Abbey - Olympic Commemorative Shield
6. The coat-of-arms of the Epping Forest District Council.
Waltham Abbey - Olympic Commemorative Shield
7. The logo of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

It was unveiled by the Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Liz Webster, accompanied by White Water Canoe (C2) Gold Medallist Etienne Stott.

Inscription(s)

This shield is a local project inspired by the Games.
It commemorates both the history of Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross
and the London 2012 Games white water canoe slalom competition
which was held at the neaarby Lee Valley White Water Centre

The shield was unveiled by the Mayor of Waltham Abbey
in September 2012

Waltham Abbey - Olympic Commemorative Shield

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Country: Great Britain
  • Coat of arms
  • Harold II, King
  • Henry VIII (King of England)
  • History Sculpture
  • Hothouse IWG
  • Monarch
  • Rower
  • Torch bearer
  • Location (N 51°41'15" - W 0°0'24")

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