Here we see mounted Norman guards setting fire to the buildings. At some point during the crowning ceremony there was much cheering and shouting from the congregation inside the church. The Norman guards outside thought a riot had started. Instead of rushing in to help William they instead started setting fire to the buildings. The people inside the church panicked and fled the building. Hastily the crowning ceremony continued amongst the flames. Ealdred still managed to pour the holy oil and to place the rod and sceptre in the royal hands. In the presence of that small band of monks and bishops the great coronation of William was completed.