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Little Gidding Pilgrimage

Saturday 11 July

You are warmly invited to join the annual Pilgrimage to Little Gidding
commemorating the life and example of Nicholas Ferrar

This year’s pilgrimage is led by Bishop John Flack, formerly Bishop of Huntingdon, and formerly the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome

Join the celebration of Holy Communion in Leighton Bromswold Church
whose restoration was funded by George Herbert and directed by the Ferrars

Share lunch with fellow pilgrims at the historic Green Man at Leighton Bromswold

Enjoy the gentle walk through the Huntingdonshire countryside
from Leighton Bromswold to Little Gidding
(about five miles along the country roads, with three short stations for prayer and rest)

Gather round the tomb of Nicholas Ferrar for prayer

Sing Evening Prayer at Little Gidding (led by the Hurstingstone Singers)

Delight in Tea and conversation at Ferrar House

For more details see

Timetable for the day

10.30am: Holy Communion at Leighton Bromswold Church
12 noon: Pilgrims’ Lunch at the Green Man
1pm: Start of Pilgrimage Walk from the Hundred Stone at Leighton Bromswold
1.45pm (approx): First Station at Salome Wood
2.45pm (approx): Second Station at Hamerton (refreshments and toilets available)
3.30pm (approx): Third Station at Steeple Gidding Church
4pm: Prayers at the Tomb of Nicholas Ferrar at Little Gidding
followed by Pilgrimage Evensong and Tea

What is the Pilgrimage about?

Born in London in 1592, Nicholas Ferrar gave up a life in commerce and politics to move to Little Gidding, with his mother and his brother and sister and their families, establishing a life of prayer and charitable works. Ordained deacon, he was the leader of the household, foremost in the life of prayer, study, and work, setting an example of devotion and spiritual life to the English Church that has stood as a beacon to those who have followed. Nicholas died on 4 December 1637, and his devout life and example have consecrated Little Gidding as a holy place to this day. Our pilgrimage to his grave not only honours his memory and devotion, but also binds us into that same story.

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Rev L Roberts
Rev L Roberts
14 years ago

Sounds lovely. I’m wondering where it is though. What is the nearest railway station or bus stop etc, I wonder ?

Simon Kershaw
14 years ago

Huntingdon or Peterborough for trains. Probably Huntingdon or Oundle for main buses. See the linked website for details. Or type the postcode PE28 5RJ into Google Maps or other UK map system. Leighton Bromswold is one mile off the A14 a few miles west of its junction with the A1 (the A14 can just be seen at the bottom of the map attached to the article)

Sara MacVane
Sara MacVane
14 years ago

A tiny correction: Bishop John was Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome (in case anyone mistakenly thinks there are two Anglican institutions here!)

Simon Kershaw
14 years ago

Thanks indeed for that clarification, Sara — I have corrected the wording of the article.

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