Richeldis de Faverches, pictured above, was a Saxon noblewoman and married to the Lord of the Manor of Walsingham Parva. In 1061 the Virgin Mary appeared to her in three visions. In these visions Richeldis was shown the house of the Annunciation in Nazareth and was requested to build a replica of the Holy House in Walsingham. This was intended as a place of pilgrimage where people could honour Mary, who is said to have promised "Whoever seeks my help there will not go away empty handed"

The Holy House at Walsingham appeared miraculously following the visions and became an instant place of pilgrimage. A priory was built, over and around the Holy House, the remains of which can still be seen today, and was desecrated during the Reformation in 1538.

In 1897 a Roman Catholic Shrine was re-established at the Slipper Chapel, by Miss Charlotte Pearson- Boyd, a short distance outside the village. In 1931 Father Hope Patten, the vicar of Walsingham instated a statue of Our Lady based on a picture in the original seal of the shrine. 

Pilgrims from all over the world still visit Waslingham today, to pray, to take the Holy Water and to experience the delight of the little medieval village in the heart of rural North Norfolk.