Where history happened: pilgrimage

Charlotte Hodgman speaks to Dr Dee Dyas, from the University of York, about the history of pilgrimage in Britain, and examines eight related places

Durham Cathedral on a sunny day. Taken near to the water of the River Wear. (Dreamstime)

This article was first published in the June 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Pilgrimage, as practised in Britain through the centuries, has had a profound influence on the country’s spiritual, literary and physical landscapes. It connected with the desires of people from many cultures and backgrounds, and funded the development of abbeys and cathedrals throughout the Middle Ages.

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