Pilgrimage to Walsingham with Jasper Jacob

East of King’s Lynn we travelled along the coast

King's Lynn Town Hall and Trinity Guildhall
King’s Lynn Town Hall and Trinity Guildhall

which leads to numerous small, quintessentially English, seaside towns.

Artist and Designer Jasper Jacob
Artist and Designer Jasper Jacob

Hunstanton is one of the nicest of these towns with its a mix of low cliffs and extensive sandy beaches though, as Jasper shows, it was a chilly day so the beach was not at its best.

Common Sunstar Crossaster papposus –
Hunstanton

Storms and cold weather at the start of March had swept onto the beach a variety of dead sea life, including starfish

Razor Clam Ensis spec - Hunstanton
Razor Clam Ensis spec –
Hunstanton

and clams which were like a crunchy carpet, making walking almost impossible.

The Orange Tree Thornham Norfolk
The Orange Tree Thornham Norfolk

Carrying on a sunny theme from the Sunstar-fish! we had a break in The Orange Tree Thornham. Not only is it the Norfolk “Pub of the Year” for 6 years running, but UK Seafood Pub of the Year and innumerable other awards.

The Orange Tree - Sandwich
The Orange Tree –
Sandwich

It was a shame to miss out on a seafood lunch at The Orange Tree but we had a banquet organised for dinner, so very good sandwiches fitted in.

Anglican Shrine Walsingham Interior
Anglican Shrine Walsingham Interior

The pilgrimage centre at Walsingham was the culmination of our time along the coast. This centre in the heart of rural Norfolk was totally unexpected, with its Italianate setting for the buildings and a very catholic feeling Anglican centre dedicated to the Virgin Mary, after several apparent visions in 1061 during which she appeared.

Statue - Exterior Anglican Shrine Walsingham
Statue – Exterior Anglican Shrine Walsingham

As the shrine and associated priory were demolished in 1538 under Henry VIII, this centre is very much a 20th-century concept.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4

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