Walsingham Way Paperback

Alfred Hope Patten and the Restoration of the Shrine of Our Lady

by Colin Stephenson;

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Walsingham Way

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Colin Stephenson was one of the 20th century’s most amusing and self-deprecating observers of High Anglicanism to which he was devoted. This is a reissue of his first book in which he tells, with characteristic candour and humour, the story of the re-founding of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham by Alfred Hope Patten, whom he succeeded as Guardian after Hope Patten’s death.

Alfred Hope Patten was a larger than life figure, terrifying to some, but determined to realise his vision of restoring the medieval shrine in the Norfolk countryside that had been closed at the Reformation. Colin Stephenson‘s account of his ambitious enterprise, his successes and failures (including a failed attempt to establish religious communities of men and women at Walsingham), his penchant for flamboyant clerical dress, his love of the Roman Church but his dislike of Roman Catholics, does not claim to be the last word in historical scholarship, but is a warm, engaging and entertaining account of one the highest achievements of Anglo-Catholicism in the last century and of one of its most colourful and controversial personalities.

This classic book, first published in 1970, has been reissued complete with a period retro-style cover; it will be of interest to the hundreds of thousands of Anglo-Catholics who flock to Walsingham each year.

Colin Stephenson was Guardian of Walsingham from 1958 until his death in 1973. He also wrote an autobiography, Merrily On High, which has also recently been re-issued.

Walsingham Way by Colin Stephenson was published by Canterbury Press in October 2008 and is our 59169th best seller. The ISBN for Walsingham Way is 9781853119132.

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Details for Walsingham Way

Page last updated 7th July 2015
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherCanterbury Press (October 2008)
Number of Pages258
Thickness13 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code1235581
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