Exhibition celebrates 950th anniversary of Virgin Mary vision

An exhibition charting Walsingham's transformation from a tiny farming community to one of the great religious sites of Europe was held on Friday.

The Walsingham and District History Society hosted the exhibition at Little Walsingham Parish Hall.

It was held to celebrate the 950th anniversary of a widow's vision of the Virgin Mary which led to the founding of a shrine which continues to draw pilgrims from across the world.

The exhibition featured a time line of Walsingham and detailed how the village survived the Norman invasion, plague, famines and civil war, welcomed a succession of kings and queens, was a centre for justice with its courthouse and prison and has been active with various trades.

It also showed how the village has seen the railway come and go and continues to be a farming estate and a tourist attraction with a wealth of medieval buildings.