In these days when England is frequently described as a post-Christian country , you
might be forgiven for raising an eyebrow on hearing that thousands of pilgrims go
each year to the Marian shrine at Walsingham .
The story begins in the
year 1061, in the village of Little Walsingham near the north coast of Norfolk, the
lady of the manor , a young widow named Richelde de Faverches , 'of good family and
some wealth ', we read, saw Our Lady in a vision. John Adair , in his book 'the Pilgrims'
Way' takes up the story...