The Knight’s Gate, Walsingham

knights gate

The story goes that in 1314 Sir Raaf Boutetout was trying to escape from his enemies, and (understandably) praying to Our Lady of Walsingham for deliverance. Suddenly he found that he’d miraculously passed through this tiny wicket gate into the grounds of the Priory, where he was given sanctuary. Actually, this gate is a replacement, not the original. But it is pretty small. If there’s any truth in the story, then (miracles excepted) either the original gate was bigger or he was a very short knight riding a Shetland pony.

As Baron Ochs might have said (but didn’t),  ‘With me no knight is too long.’

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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