Search

Easter pilgrims to stop at the Red Mount Chapel in King’s Lynn on their way to Walsingham

11:51 02 April 2012

Pilgrims on a previous journey arrive in King

Pilgrims on a previous journey arrive in King's Lynn by ferry. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Archant © 2010

Easter pilgrims on the well-trodden path to Walsingham are to visit the historic Red Mount Chapel in King’s Lynn on Wednesday.

Pilgrims have stopped at the 15th century octagonal chapel in The Walks since medieval times, pausing for prayers on their way to the Shrine of Our Lady.

The grade I-listed chapel was originally a meeting place for pilgrims travelling to Walsingham from across Europe, but the landmark stopped featuring on the route when it fell into disrepair.

It was extensively restored as part of a £4.3m renovation project at the park and prayers can be held safely inside for the second time since the work was finished.

The chapel will also open to the public this summer, giving visitors the chance to explore the fascinating three-storey building with its magnificent fan-vaulted ceiling, passageways and graffiti dating back to 1639.

West Norfolk councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, said: “The Red Mount Chapel has long played a role in the town’s history. Being able to open it once more to pilgrims brings this important part of the town’s story to life.

“We also open the chapel to visitors in the summer months so they too can experience first hand what pilgrims over the centuries have.”

The pilgrims will travel from Leicester and Nottingham on foot, crossing The Wash by ferry and carrying a large cross through the town centre.

About 60 are expected to arrive at the park from about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Built in about 1684, the chapel rises proudly from a mound believed to be the remains of an ancient motte and bailey castle. It has been used for water storage, as a gun powder store and as an observatory over the centuries.

The chapel will be open to the public from noon to 3pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between June 2 and September 9.

Entry is free and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

0 comments

Other news

Yesterday, 22:01
Wells lifeboat and inshore lifeboat.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Coastguard and lifeboat teams have been involved in a rescue at Wells.

Yesterday, 15:35
Students checking their GSCE results at Alderman Peel High School, Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Head teachers praised the achievements and efforts of students in Fakenham, Wells, Dereham, Reepham, Litcham, Watton and Swaffham.

Yesterday, 19:13
GCSE results at Sprowston High School. Kelsey Andrews, left, who celebrated her birthday as well as her exam results with Alice Trett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

GCSE results in Norfolk and Suffolk have gone up, as schools across the counties reported improvements on last year’s figures.

Yesterday, 12:36
The Air Ambulance and emergency services at the scene of a RTC on the A148 near Thursford. Picture: Ian Burt

Police are urging the driver of a lorry seen travelling on the A148 at Bale to come forward, as they could hold information about the crash which killed man in his 30s.

Most Read

Yesterday, 12:36
The Air Ambulance and emergency services at the scene of a RTC on the A148 near Thursford. Picture: Ian Burt

Police are urging the driver of a lorry seen travelling on the A148 at Bale to come forward, as they could hold information about the crash which killed man in his 30s.

Read more
Yesterday, 22:01
Wells lifeboat and inshore lifeboat.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Coastguard and lifeboat teams have been involved in a rescue at Wells.

Read more
Tue, 15:38
The Air Ambulance and emergency services at the scene of a RTC on the A148 near Thursford. Picture: Ian Burt

Paramedics and passers-by fought to save a man who was pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on collision.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:36
Keep up to date with the latest GCSE exam results with our live map

Our live GCSE results map will show how schools across Norfolk have performed in GCSE exams compared to previous years.

Read more
Tue, 16:34
The scene of the collision on the A148 between Fakenham and Holt, in which a man in his 30s died. Picture: Chris Bishop

Paramedics and passers-by fought to save a man who was pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on collision.

Read more
Norfolk police

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 14°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up