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Walsingham. Marian shrine, Norfolk. The earliest shrine, dedicated to the Holy House of Nazareth, was built by the lady of the manor, Richeldis de Faverches, traditionally to commemorate her vision of the Blessed Virgin (1061). Both shrine and adjacent Augustinian priory gained fame and wealth from pilgrims and their bequests, until destruction 1538–9. Interest in Walsingham began to revive in 1897. The present Anglican shrine, which includes an Orthodox chapel, contains a newly carved statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, while Roman catholic devotion utilizes the reconsecrated Slipper Chapel, which marked the last stage of Walsingham Way.

A. S. Hargreaves

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Walsingham a village in Norfolk which is the site of the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, a popular place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages.
Walsingham way the Milky Way, as fancifully supposed to have been used as a guide by pilgrims travelling to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

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Walsingham, town (1991 pop. 18,050), Norfolk, E central England. It is the site of Walsingham Abbey, one of the renowned shrines of medieval England.