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Lt Cdr Francis to unveil Walsingham Village map

Walsingham Development Group is pleased to announce that our Diamond Jubilee Walsingham Village Map will be unveiled by Lt Commander Roy Francis, founder of the Wells-Walsingham Light Railway, on Friday 3rd May 2013 at 12 noon, outside the Shirehall Museum.

The Development Group commissioned an illustrated map of Walsingham to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Designed to help our visitors find their way around and make the most of all there is to see in our historic village, the maps will be installed in Diamond Jubilee commemorative oak frames in several places around the village, including at the Museum (Abbey Grounds entrance), the car park and at the Light Railway stop.


· History – Walsingham’s history starts before the Norman conquest and continues to the present. Socially and architecturally it is a real gem and we want to share this with as many people as possible making their visit easy and enjoyable.

· Lt Cdr Roy Francis is one of the last survivors of HMS Edinburgh which was sunk with a large amount of gold on board during a Russian Convoy in the last war.

· Lt Cdr Francis made history himself by building firstly the Beach Railway at Wells and not content with that then built the Wells Walsingham Railway. The longest 10¼” line in the world with two Bayer Garratt steam locomotives. We therefore have Cdr Francis to thank for transporting many thousands of visitors from Wells to Walsingham every year!

The Walsingham map was designed and illustrated by Juliet Webster and Irene Miller. Special thanks to Lesley Cusse for the painstaking work on photoshop to make the beautiful map and illustrations ready for printing. The map cases are solid English oak, made by specialist Harry Stebbing of Great Hockham. Harry uses only sustainable English oak from an East Anglian National Trust property, and plants a new oak for every item sold. www.harrystebbing.com. Harry is well known for his fantastic quality village signs, map cases, notice boards and more.

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