Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Woolpit

Returning to Suffolk the Pilgrimage now goes to Woolpit, midway between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

My post from 2021 serves as an introduction and can be seen at Our Lady of Woolpit

My earlier post from 2020 gives more of the history, so far as it is known of the shrine and it can be seen at Our Lady of Woolpit

Waterton was of the view that the statue and chapel were on the south side of the church rather than the north. This point is discussed further in the Wikipedia article linked to infra. He cites, as do other writers about the shrine, testamentary bequests from local people and one of these refers to a newly constructed tabernacle for the statue in 1451. From these bequests it can be seen that there was also a statue of Our Lady of Pity in the church.

Wikipedia has an illustrated account of the church at Saint Mary's Church, Woolpit
There is another, more detailed, account with more illustrations from Britain Express at Woolpit, St Mary's Church, Suffolk | History & Photos This seems to establish that the Shrine of Out Lady was in existence by 1211.

May Our Lady of Woolpit pray for The King and all the Royal Family and for us all

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