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EVESHAM

A Marian shrine in Worcestershire, England, on the Avon River. This is an authentic place of apparition of Our Lady, who in the eighth century appeared to a swineherd named Eoves, sending him to the bishop with a request that a shrine be built to her in the forest nearby. Little is known of the first church, but Lady Godiva (c. 1010-67) rebuilt it completely and it became a favorite place of pilgrimage until the Reformation. A much frequented new shrine has been built by the Catholic people of Evesham and vicinity since World War II.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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