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Alfred Hope Patten (17 November 1885, Town Brewery, Sidmouth - 11 August 1958, The College, Little Walsingham), known as Pat to his friends, was an Anglo-Catholic clergyman in the Church of England, best known for his restoration of the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Life

An introspective only child, he joined Anglo-Catholicism in Brighton whilst still a teenager, becoming interested in not only the medieval church but also the religious life, visiting the Anglican Benedictines at Painsthorpe in 1906 and being profoundly influence by their abbot Aelred Carlyle. After attending Lichfield Theological College he was ordained deacon in 1913 at Holy Cross church in the St Pancras area then at three other curacies. In 1921 he finally became vicar of Great and Little Walsingham with St Giles Houghton, and within months of arriving he had a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham modelled on the medieval priory's seal and set up in the parish's main church, St Mary's. He also set up Marian devotions in his church and - aided by the League of Our Lady (later the Society of Mary) - the first pilgrimages from London. His bishop opposed the statue and Hope agreed to move it out of the church, using this as a chance to rebuild the Holy House of Nazareth in 1931 (rebuilt in 1938 to accommodate rising pilgrim numbers). On his death he was buried in the churchyard of St Mary's.

Works

  • Pilgrims' Manual (1928)
  • England's National Shrine of Our Lady Past and Present (1939)
  • Mary's Shrine of the Holy House, Walsingham (1954). He started
  • Our Lady's Mirror, a quarterly paper set up in 1926 by Hope for the members of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham

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