Until Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in the 1530s, Walsingham was for nearly 500 years, England’s premier shrine to Our Lady. Little Walsingham boasts a rich array of medieval buildings, and each year it still attracts thousands of pilgrims from across many Christian denominations.
In February 2022, in all weathers, esteemed Blue Badge Guide, Scilla Landale took EAAF members on a wonderful sellout tour of Walsingham. Scilla has kindly agreed to arrange another, slightly different tour, with an emphasis on stained glass, which abounds in Walsingham.
We start at the Anglican Shrine for coffee and Scilla’s short powerpoint talk on the stained glass. We then follow Scilla around Walsingham, visiting some buildings not normally open to the public, such as the ruins of the Franciscan Friary and Richeldis House, where wall paintings were discovered in the 1990s, during the restoration of some pilgrims’ lodgings. The snowdrops in the grounds of Walsingham Abbey are part of our route.
The day is hosted by Charlotte Crawley. Tickets are £48 and include coffee/tea & biscuits, a two-course hot lunch at Elmham House, the Catholic Centre in the Friday Market Place, and all entry fees. Please wear stout waterproof shoes and warm clothes as we shall be walking outside in the footsteps of pilgrims for some of the day!
|Meet at The Norton Café on Knight Street, which is part of the Anglican Shrine complex
|Lunch at Elmham House, Friday Market Place
|The tour finishes at the parish church of St. Mary’s & All Saints