The Village of Wighton in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the sleepy Norfolk
Village of Wighton set in rural Norfolk, yet only ten minutes drive from
the coast. The village has a post office, tea shop and inn as well as an
Art Gallery. The sculpture Henry Moore had close links with this village
as his sister taught at the local school and his father is buried in the
churchyard. Moore was a regular guest at his sisters house and used to
practice his sculpture work in the school yard. For the full range
of shops try Wells-next-the-sea some three miles away.
The village has a really friendly pub The Carpenters Arms who provide a
varied menu created from locally sourced produce of the best quality, in a
friendly, family atmosphere, in a unique quirky setting.
A three mile drive towards the North Norfolk Coast, will bring you to the
seaside resort of Wells-next-the-Sea
Whilst in the area visit Little
with its red-brick and timber framed houses, and red
pantiled roofs. It was in 1061 that Lady Richeldis the lady of the
manor had a vision in which she was commanded to build a replica of
Nazareths Holy House. She built the shrine near two wells and it was added
to by Augustinian and Franciscan monks in medieval times.
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 summer months.
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