I'll start with a confession - I'm pagan and so this wasn't a religeous visit on my part but rather a visit drawn out of curiousity. As a historian I am well aware that the shrine attracted pilgrims throughout the Middle Ages - some of them barren English Queens and noblewomen - but then disappeared until it was resurrected in more recent times.
I found it fascinating - the Catholic shrine perhaps too opulent but certainly awe inspiring. I preferred the peace of the Anglican counterpart. I could understand how it would bring comfort and uplift to believers - I visited very early one morning before the village 'opened' and so wasn't swamped by coach parties or hoards of tourists which allowed me to observe and enjoy the tranquility not just of the shrines but the entire village around them. Certainly worth visiting even if it doesn't fit with your personal beliefs.
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