In 1061 Our Lady asked Richeldis de Faverches to build a replica of the Holy House of Nazareth. With the destruction in the 16th century, the infrastructure to welcome pilgrims was destroyed. In 1896 Charlotte Boyd bought the Slipper Chapel, and the development of the facilities to receive pilgrims was re-established.

The generosity of thousands of pilgrims over the years has given us land and property where we can celebrate our faith, and at this time in the Shrine’s history we need to create an infrastructure that will serve today’s pilgrims and the generations who, over the centuries, will continue to find peace at Our Lady’s Shrine.

We are therefore looking to upgrade, renew, and, where necessary, rebuild facilities for day-pilgrims and residential pilgrims. In particular, we wish to create a new resource centre for young people and make our residential facilities available to disabled pilgrims.

You can support the development of the National Shrine in a number of ways below. If you’d prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to the Walsingham Trust and post to:
The Development Fund, The Catholic National Shrine, Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6EG.