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Galleries: Walsingham, Norfolk

I've conducted a great deal of research into the local history, people and some of the buildings in Walsingham. Walsingham (actually Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham) is a village in Norfolk, and contains several interesting religious ruins. Historically it was centred on the reverence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Christ, and it maintains that association today.

The first shrine to the Virgin at Walsingham was established in 1061, apparently by a lady named Richeldis de Faverches, though her family name does not appear in the Domesday Book and she is only named in a poem dating from the 15th century. In about 1150 an Augustinian priory was also founded there, and Walsingham boasted an important holy relic; a phial of milk from the Virgin's breast. This, along with a splendid statue of the Virgin, was destroyed in 1538 when the shrine and religious buildings were demolished on the orders of King Henry VIII.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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