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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
#1
Earlier this week,Antomuchacho started a very interesting thread called Confused.
Further down, Stroller mentioned that Walsingham was a popular pilgrim site in the UK
As it happens, we had visited Walsingham the previous week

Although I had heard that that there was a shrine/Basilica to Our Lady of Walsingham.......imagine my surprise when we arrived in the village that it was....and is a major pilgrimage site for the many thousands of pilgrims that visit eash year.... With many coming from long distances.

There are plenty of Hostals and rooms in the village ....as in the Middle Ages...provide food and lodging for pilgrims.

The shrine was founded in 1061
Destroyed by HenryV111 in 1538 and rebuilt in 1931
It is said that Henry had himself made many pilgrimages to the shrine....walking barefoot along the Pilgrim Way to reach the shrine.

Although most pilgrims now arrive by car or public transport ....in medieval times before 1538 they travelled to Walsingham along particular routes, including London, passing by many local towns such as Thetford ....this route was known as the Walsingham Way.

The first stop for those arriving from the North was the RC shrine to Our Lady known as the Slipper Chapel. Here, they would remove their shoes before walking the last mile known as The Pilgrim Way as a mark of respect.
Some pilgrims still do today.

We arrived by by car and parked at the Anglican Parish church...a huge and impressive building
Walking into the village was like going back in time with many timber framed buildings and Georgian facades.
The grounds of the shrine are so beautiful and the atmosphere tranquil
There is a Hostals attached to the shrine for those wishing to avail themselves of the many retreats held there throughout the year
We attended the service at the shrine which was really beautiful
Then we walked across the square and into the old Abbey which containes remains of the old abbey walls,refectory,the East window arch....a beautiful architectural folly..a crypt, a holy well and many acres of beautiful gardens (£5) entry
Thousands visit in early spring to see the carpets of snowdrops beside the river.

Next came The Pilgrim Way path to the slipper Chapel ( we did keep our shoes on though!) ...a path of over a mile and through open fields.
First we passed a Russian Orthodox Church.....a bit of a surprise in rural Norfolk!
The chapel and grounds of the slipper chapel were also impressive and tranquil

We returned to the village by the road, passing by another church and cemetery.
Arriving again in the village we passed the Methodist church, and the Catholic parish church.
So many churches...7 in all within such a small area!
Later informed that Norfolk was once a very wealthy county..."when cotton was King" and they just kept building churches!
Apparently Norwich, the county capital has a church for every week of the year!! ...our next visit perhaps

Al in all it was a surprise for us to find such a wonderful pilgrim place in a little corner of England . image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#2
Walsingham is a strange and in many ways a wonderful place. There has been a Holy Week pilgrimage called Student Cross since 1948 - groups walking from a number of places while carrying a large wooden cross. Much more fun than it sounds on first hearing about it I assure you :) Initially an entirely Catholic and youth event it has now become much more ecumenical and open to all ages.

http://www.studentcross.org.uk/
 
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#3
Earlier this week,Antomuchacho started a very interesting thread called Confused.
Further down, Stroller mentioned that Walsingham was a popular pilgrim site in the UK
As it happens, we had visited Walsingham the previous week

Although I had heard that that there was a shrine/Basilica to Our Lady of Walsingham.......imagine my surprise when we arrived in the village that it was....and is a major pilgrimage site for the many thousands of pilgrims that visit eash year.... With many coming from long distances.

There are plenty of Hostals and rooms in the village ....as in the Middle Ages...provide food and lodging for pilgrims.

The shrine was founded in 1061
Destroyed by HenryV111 in 1538 and rebuilt in 1931
It is said that Henry had himself made many pilgrimages to the shrine....walking barefoot along the Pilgrim Way to reach the shrine.

Although most pilgrims now arrive by car or public transport ....in medieval times before 1538 they travelled to Walsingham along particular routes, including London, passing by many local towns such as Thetford ....this route was known as the Walsingham Way.

The first stop for those arriving from the North was the RC shrine to Our Lady known as the Slipper Chapel. Here, they would remove their shoes before walking the last mile known as The Pilgrim Way as a mark of respect.
Some pilgrims still do today.

We arrived by by car and parked at the Anglican Parish church...a huge and impressive building
Walking into the village was like going back in time with many timber framed buildings and Georgian facades.
The grounds of the shrine are so beautiful and the atmosphere tranquil
There is a Hostals attached to the shrine for those wishing to avail themselves of the many retreats held there throughout the year
We attended the service at the shrine which was really beautiful
Then we walked across the square and into the old Abbey which containes remains of the old abbey walls,refectory,the East window arch....a beautiful architectural folly..a crypt, a holy well and many acres of beautiful gardens (£5) entry
Thousands visit in early spring to see the carpets of snowdrops beside the river.

Next came The Pilgrim Way path to the slipper Chapel ( we did keep our shoes on though!) ...a path of over a mile and through open fields.
First we passed a Russian Orthodox Church.....a bit of a surprise in rural Norfolk!
The chapel and grounds of the slipper chapel were also impressive and tranquil

We returned to the village by the road, passing by another church and cemetery.
Arriving again in the village we passed the Methodist church, and the Catholic parish church.
So many churches...7 in all within such a small area!
Later informed that Norfolk was once a very wealthy county..."when cotton was King" and they just kept building churches!
Apparently Norwich, the county capital has a church for every week of the year!! ...our next visit perhaps

Al in all it was a surprise for us to find such a wonderful pilgrim place in a little corner of England . View attachment 47762 View attachment 47763 View attachment 47764 View attachment 47765 View attachment 47766
Thanks for sharing all this Annette. I loved seeing the old english house, and in the corner Common Place as the name on the wall. I am presuming, on land that was common to all in the olden days...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
#4
Thanks for sharing all this Annette. I loved seeing the old english house, and in the corner Common Place as the name on the wall. I am presuming, on land that was common to all in the olden days...
Heavens above Sandra
You've got good eyes
I had to go back to the original to see this written on the house
This old house/houses in the photo might even be the original one
Also some photos from inside this amazing shrine
I didn't like to take a photo of the altar with Our Lady ...just thought it might be a bit disrespectful...not sure
Annette image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning on startting first time at e d of april start of may
#5
Annettte thanks for bringing my thread up!! Its strange because i came across a holy medal from the lady of walsingham i.e the slipper chapel, ile hoke it out and post a photo of it!! Its about 60 years old given too my grandmother
 
Camino(s) past & future
The Camino Frances 2005
The Portugese Camino 2014
The Camino Ingles Easter 2015
The Camino Ingles April 2016
The Camino del Norte/The Primitivo 2016
#6
Very interesting reading! And great pictures. Your post makes me want to go to Walsingham. Thank you so much for bringing attention to the place. I want to do some walking in the UK and I'll check up on walks in the area.
 

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
#7
Earlier this week,Antomuchacho started a very interesting thread called Confused.
Further down, Stroller mentioned that Walsingham was a popular pilgrim site in the UK
As it happens, we had visited Walsingham the previous week

Although I had heard that that there was a shrine/Basilica to Our Lady of Walsingham.......imagine my surprise when we arrived in the village that it was....and is a major pilgrimage site for the many thousands of pilgrims that visit eash year.... With many coming from long distances.

There are plenty of Hostals and rooms in the village ....as in the Middle Ages...provide food and lodging for pilgrims.

The shrine was founded in 1061
Destroyed by HenryV111 in 1538 and rebuilt in 1931
It is said that Henry had himself made many pilgrimages to the shrine....walking barefoot along the Pilgrim Way to reach the shrine.

Although most pilgrims now arrive by car or public transport ....in medieval times before 1538 they travelled to Walsingham along particular routes, including London, passing by many local towns such as Thetford ....this route was known as the Walsingham Way.

The first stop for those arriving from the North was the RC shrine to Our Lady known as the Slipper Chapel. Here, they would remove their shoes before walking the last mile known as The Pilgrim Way as a mark of respect.
Some pilgrims still do today.

We arrived by by car and parked at the Anglican Parish church...a huge and impressive building
Walking into the village was like going back in time with many timber framed buildings and Georgian facades.
The grounds of the shrine are so beautiful and the atmosphere tranquil
There is a Hostals attached to the shrine for those wishing to avail themselves of the many retreats held there throughout the year
We attended the service at the shrine which was really beautiful
Then we walked across the square and into the old Abbey which containes remains of the old abbey walls,refectory,the East window arch....a beautiful architectural folly..a crypt, a holy well and many acres of beautiful gardens (£5) entry
Thousands visit in early spring to see the carpets of snowdrops beside the river.

Next came The Pilgrim Way path to the slipper Chapel ( we did keep our shoes on though!) ...a path of over a mile and through open fields.
First we passed a Russian Orthodox Church.....a bit of a surprise in rural Norfolk!
The chapel and grounds of the slipper chapel were also impressive and tranquil

We returned to the village by the road, passing by another church and cemetery.
Arriving again in the village we passed the Methodist church, and the Catholic parish church.
So many churches...7 in all within such a small area!
Later informed that Norfolk was once a very wealthy county..."when cotton was King" and they just kept building churches!
Apparently Norwich, the county capital has a church for every week of the year!! ...our next visit perhaps

Al in all it was a surprise for us to find such a wonderful pilgrim place in a little corner of England . View attachment 47762 View attachment 47763 View attachment 47764 View attachment 47765 View attachment 47766
Unfortunately, during the national pilgrimage, a group of 'protestant' protesters turn up with banners posters and attitudes that I thought were only prevalent in my little corner of the world, the north of Ireland. Very sad that some people still live in the 17th century
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#8
Unfortunately, during the national pilgrimage, a group of 'protestant' protesters turn up with banners posters and attitudes that I thought were only prevalent in my little corner of the world, the north of Ireland. Very sad that some people still live in the 17th century
@tpmchugh The protestors are something of a long-standing Walsingham tradition in their own right. I remember meeting some during an Anglican national pilgrimage in 1985!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning on startting first time at e d of april start of may
#9
Hey tpmchugh ime from the north myself!! I know what you mean!! Didnt realise it happened in england also!!
Ps bradypus aka rab
You know all about the craic in bonny scotland
 

NI Walker

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances from La Faba April 2019
#10
Hey tpmchugh ime from the north myself!! I know what you mean!! Didnt realise it happened in england also!!
Ps bradypus aka rab
You know all about the craic in bonny scotland
Another Northie here. And I though it was only us idiots that practiced that sort of bigotry.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#11
Another Northie here. And I though it was only us idiots that practiced that sort of bigotry.
Good lord no, they still burn an effigy of the Pope on bonfire night every year down south in Lewes (near Eastbourne, er that's near Brighton and, if you're from overseas that the bottom bit of Britain near the watery thingy).
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#12
Unfortunately, during the national pilgrimage, a group of 'protestant' protesters turn up with banners posters and attitudes that I thought were only prevalent in my little corner of the world, the north of Ireland. Very sad that some people still live in the 17th century
I saw that on the national news - did you see they all had a strange gleam in their eyes - the kind of people who give zealots like Reece-Mogg a bad name!
 


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