St. Seraphim’s Chapel, Walsingham

By John Reeve

Walsingham in Norfolk was a major focus for pilgrimage from Anglo-Saxon times and again since the late 19th Century. Rather like Jerusalem there are several different religious presences there: not only Protestant and Catholic but also Orthodox- in the rather unorthodox setting of a disused railway station: https://www.walsinghamvillage.org/about/churches-chapels/st-seraphims-chapel/

St. Seraphim’s story really begins in 1966 when Fr. Mark (later to become Fr. David) and Leon Liddament came to Walsingham as part of the newly formed Brotherhood of St. Seraphim. Their role at the time was to look after the little Orthodox Chapel that had been built in the Anglican Shrine; however, they soon felt that the local Orthodox needed a larger church.

Looking around, the only buildings that were available at the time were the old prison and the old railway station. Finding the station a better option, they set about converting the building to its current form, which, as the building was being rented from the council, left it practically the same as the railway days with the addition of an onion dome and cross.

While in the beginning they had planned to live and work in the rooms adjoining the chapel, events led to the establishment of a monastery in Dunton and a parish church in Great Walsingham, the Church of the Holy Transfiguration. However, St. Seraphim’s has remained a pilgrim chapel open to all who visit Walsingham since its establishment.

St. Seraphim’s Trust was formed in 2005 and the building was finally purchased in 2008.


Main image from Explore West Norfolk

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