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From Pilgrimage to Biscuits: Harlesden and Willesden

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Willesden Junction Station

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NW10 4UY

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The history of Harlesden and Willesden go back to Anglo Saxon times and by the Middle Ages, Willesden was home to one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in the country, indeed the cult of the Black Madonna was so great that Henry VIII personally ordered the destruction of the image during the Reformation. Pilgrim badges occasionally come to light and the V and A museum has a small collection.

In more recent times, Harlesden has been the scene of a Georgian building project (now demolished) and the population exploded with the many railways which cross the area.

Our tour will begin at Willesden Junction Station and we will walk through Harlesden, an ever changing town which bears the marks of successive and rapid waves of immigration both architecturally and culturally, to St Matthew's Church, a fine Arts and Crafts Caroe building. We will have a tour of the church, after which we can pause for a comfort break and a glass of wine - do bring your own food if you wish - and then we will walk the ancient pilgrim path to the medieval Shrine of the Black Madonna of Willesden approximately half a mile away, The evening will end with a tour of that church and then Neasden Tube Station is just up the road.

Our guide will be Fr Andrew Teather, the Dean of Brent and Vicar of St Matthew's Church.

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Willesden Junction Station

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NW10 4UY

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