East Anglia, Land of the Iceni Towns and Villages

Walsingham, NorfolkWALSINGHAM, Norfolk
East Anglia Map Ref: C1

4 miles north of Fakenham on the B1105
Walsingham is the site of one of Europe's greatest Christian shrines, and is known as 'England's Nazareth'. It is a very attractive village that still retains the feeling of a medieval place of importance. In the center of the village in Common Place a 16th century brick cover and pump stands over the medieval village well.

Early in the 11th century, Lady Richeldis de Faverches, widow of the lord of the manor, had a dream in which she saw the Holy House in Nazareth where Mary was told of the coming birth of Jesus, and was instructed to build a replica of the house in Walsingham.
An Augustine priory was built around the original replica. As you walk around the ruins of the priory it is strange to recall that it's downfall was started by Henry VIII who earlier in his reign had walked barefoot nearly two miles from West Barsham Manor to visit the shrine.

Today the replica of the Holy House of Nazareth, which houses the image of Our Lady of Walsingham, is housed in an Anglican shrine built in 1931.

The High Street with its impressive timber framed buildings contains pubs, restaurants, tea rooms, and gift shops.

Other points of interest:
The Roman Catholic Slipper Chapel is at Houghton St Giles, 1 mile south of Walsingham.
There are Methodist and Russian Orthodox Chapels in the village.
The Shirehall Museum in Common Place also includes the old courthouse.
The ruins of the GreyFriars priory can be seen through a gateway at the south end of the village (Not open to public).
At the north of the village is the Wells-Walsingham Light Railway.

Walsingham Web Links:
Anglican & Roman Catholic Walsingham web site
Walsingham Shrine & Village

Tourist Information Centre:
Common Place, Walsingham
Open: Easter to end September.
Phone: 01328 820510

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Copyright © Ken Ward 2004
Photographs Copyright © Ken Ward 2004 (unless otherwise stated)
Last Updated: 11 November 2004

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