A former boat boy remembers Fr Patten's induction as vicar of Walsingham in 1921
I recall attending the funeral of the last Lee Warner Squire and the viewing day at the Abbey sale. There I viewed with awe the lace collar said to have been worn by Charles, King and Martyr, on the scaffold at Whitehall before his execution. Although I did not then realize it, this could be said to mark the end of a Walsingham epoch.
of the new was of course the Induction of the Revd. Alfred Hope Patten
and I well recall
the impressive mien and golden voice on this occasion, and the subsequent
two Sunday evenings when he "read himself in". I remember too
the enthusiasm aroused in us when Tommy Tapping, Fortescue* in hand, drilled
both Fr. Patten and the rest of us in the correct decorum of the sanctuary.
Another highlight was the occasion when I attended Fr. Patten as cope-bearer
for the Easter Procession singing "Hail Festal Day" when the
magnificent Clints Cope was I suppose first used.
meaning a copy of Ritual Notes, written by Fortescue and O'Connell