After De Faverches' vision the shrine was built and a religious community put in charge of it. In 1150, a priory was built by the Augustinian Canons, and eventually Walsingham became one of the largest, most well-known shrines in Medieval Christendom.
However, during the English Reformation, the priory was handed over to the commissioners of King Henry VIII in 1538, and the highly venerated statue of Our Lady of Walsingham was burned along with the shrine.
As a result, pilgrimages to the site ceased, and wouldn't pick up again for another 300 years, until after the Catholic Emancipation of 1829.
In 1896, Charlotte Pearson Boyd purchased a small, 14th century chapel called the "Slipper Chapel" – one of the last en-route to Walsingham – and restored it for Catholic use. A year later, in 1897, Leo XIII issued a rescript stating that the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham would be restored.
Official pilgrimages started up again that same year, and visits to the site increased as greater numbers of pilgrims began filing into both the chapel and the shrine for devotion.
Walsingham currently attracts some 150,000 pilgrims during peak seasons.
In 2015, on the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis gave the shrine the title of a minor basilica.
Warsaw voiced his hope in his statement that the opening of EWTN's studio there would help to form a "strategic collaboration" with the shrine in order to help the site carry out "its mission to evangelize."
To mark the launch of the new studio, the shrine's rector, Monsignor John Armitage, gifted Warsaw a plaster recreation of the historic image of Our Lady of Walsingham and voiced his gratitude, saying the presence of EWTN was a joyful and welcome addition.
Msgr. Armitage was present alongside Warsaw at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new shrine, as was Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia.
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Msgr. Armitage said Walsingham "is very much the crossroads of the Catholic Church in England, and has been for over 950 years."
"This is a place where pilgrims come from all over the country and indeed all over the world," he said, explaining that the Church itself "needs to be at the crossroads."
For an organization dedicated to communications such as EWTN, "to be at a place where people are coming from all sort of different aspects of the life of the Church is particularly important."
"So we are delighted as a shrine to be able to welcome EWTN to come here as an organization in their own right, but at this place where so many pilgrims come from all over the world."
Bishop Hopes also spoke about the new studio, saying the facility "will certainly be a center for evangelization."