Bixley – Saint Wandregesilius Church (Pilgrimage)

Still on my theme of Bixley Church (I put Bixley as it’s easier to spell than Wandregesilius) I’m intrigued at the scale of the pilgrimages which went on here.

There are a few references to the pilgrimages which took place to the church, this is the last that I can find before the Reformation. It doesn’t help that generations of locals have managed to spell Wandregesilius in such a wide variety of ways, in this case Wandrede. Although, being honest, that is a lot easier to spell.

These pilgrimages were made by others to help the soul of the person who had died, helping in their salvation. All a bit of a burden on the living, although if there was a financial contribution in the will then I suppose that made things rather more tolerable.