Every King from Richard I to Henry VIII came to do homage at the shrine which was said to rival Canterbury and was famed across Europe. Henry VIII destroyed most of it in the late 1530s when he ordered the Dissolution of the Monsateries, but there is still much to see. It is well worth taking one of the guided tours to make sure you do not miss anything. Little Walsingham is still a place of pilgrimage to this day.
The village of Binham with its atmospheric ruins is not far away. A Benedictine religious house founded in the late 11th century by a nephew of William the Conqueror, Pierre de Valoines. After surrendering to Henry VII, as part of the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540, the monastic buildings were mostly pulled down, until one of the workmen was killed, which the villagers took to be an omen of Gods Wrath, so stopped.
It is still used as a
place of worship to this day and in the summer months
services are held at the open air alter. Its
magical atmosphere and rich acoustics means that it
also plays host to a number of concerts during the