walsingham

History after 1061

13th century Walsingham ranks equally in importance with Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela.

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Richeldis had a son, -Geoffrey, who became Lord of the Manor and Earl of the Marches. After her death he took over responsibility for the Holy House, and it flourished as a centre for pilgrimage.

Geoffrey was to leave to take part in the Crusade in the Holy Land: the avowed intent was to recover possession of the Holy Places from the 'Infidel'. However, many lesser mortals, unable to afford to journey to Palestine could -at least- manage to venture as far as their own 'Holy Land' in Norfolk to pay their respects.

After the establishment of the 'Holy House' Walsingham became known as the 'Little Nazareth'. By the thirteenth century it had risen in stature to the extent that it ranked alongside Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela.

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