Pilgrims follow ancient footsteps to Walsingham shrine for Easter

Pilgrims carrying a cross pass through North Wootton on Thurs (2nd April), on route to Walsingham ANL-150204-124212009

Pilgrims carrying a cross pass through North Wootton on Thurs (2nd April), on route to Walsingham ANL-150204-124212009

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Each year thousands of pilgrims converge on Walsingham at Easter in its role as England’s premier Anglican shrine. On Thursday morning these travellers passed through North Wootton carrying a cross on their way to the village.

The history of the shrine dates all the way back to 1061 when Richeldis de Faverches, a devout English noblewoman, claimed that Jesus’ mother Mary appeared to her in a vision. A place of pilgrimage was soon built and it has survived ever since, despite reformation and religious upheaval.

The Anglican Shrine began to come popular after the First World War and is one of several places of pilgrimage now found in the village. MLNF15PM04021