In the heart of London is another medieval Marian shrine that has been restored. You can read here about the history of Our Lady of Willesden.
You’ll be used to the tale by now: ancient shrine–much loved by the people, who made pilgrimages, donations and prayers there for centuries. Then the king’s men came in and destroyed it all. One of the ironies of those who disseminate the pro-Reformation propaganda is that the Reformation is often ‘sold’ as a great grass roots movement. We’re told that ordinary people welcomed the new religion gladly and were happy to see the old order overthrown. Not in England anyway. There was nothing democratic about the revolution. The popular religion of England was destroyed by powerful royal figures who had everything to gain. The ordinary people and their religion were their victims.