Walsingham Abbey, Norfolk

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Walsingham Abbey

Walsingham Abbey was like walking back in time, the grounds are kept very well and presentable, the surrounding buildings\ruins are very impressive. The grounds offer some lovely short walks through the woods and by the river. The abbey is well known for its religious pilgrimage dating back since the 11th century and its snowdrops which bloom in February.

The Priory was a monastic house in Walsingham, Norfolk, England. The priory is perhaps best known for housing a Marian shrine with a supposed replica of the house of the Holy Family in Nazareth.

From the first this shrine of Our Lady was a famous place of pilgrimage. Hither came the faithful from all parts of England and from the continent until the destruction of the priory by Henry VIII in 1538. To this day the main road of the pilgrims through Newmarket, Brandon, and Fakenham is still called the Palmers’ Way. Many were the gifts of lands, rents, and churches to the canons of Walsingham, and many the miracles wrought at Our Lady’s shrine.

Henry III came on a pilgrimage in 1241, Edward I in 1280 and 1296. Edward II in 1315, Henry VI in 1455. Henry VII in 1487, and Henry VIII in 151. Erasmus in fulfillment of a vow made a pilgrimage from Cambridge in 1511, and left as his offering a set of Greek verses expressive of his piety. Thirteen years later he wrote his colloquy on pilgrimages, wherein the wealth and magnificence of Walsingham are set forth, and some of the reputed miracles rationalized

In 1537, while the last prior, Richard Vowell, was paying obsequious respect to Cromwell, the sub-prior Nicholas Milcham was charged with conspiring to rebel against the suppression of the lesser monasteries, and on flimsy evidence was convicted of high treason and hanged outside the priory walls- Wikipedia

Walsingham Abbey

The Walsingham Arch

Photography Tips:

Walsingham Abbey has lots to offer from, buildings to beautiful gardens. I recommend taking a lens that has a good zoom, get prepared for architectural and landscape photography. If you have plenty of time I would arrive early as there is no time limit on how long you can stay. A small travel tripod would be ideal for this location. Just be aware of the abbey’s strict photography rules to what you can and cannot do.



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