to Our Lady of Walsingham, falls into a chronological sequence of three parts and places: (a) King's Lynn; (b) Houghton-ledale; (c) Walsingham itself.
(a) In the closing years of the nineteenth century, the priest at King's Lynn, the late Rev. George Wrigglesworth, built there a new parish church, in which he made the Lady-chapel a miniature Holy House of Loreto. The Italian shrine was closely followed in detail, and the figure of Our Lady was copied from the ancient picture in the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, in Rome.
Pope Leo XIII commanded that the King's Lynn shrine should be regarded as that of " Our Lady of Walsingham," and a pilgrimage to the town, honouring Our Lady under that title, has since been organised every year by the Guild of Ransom.
(b) King's Lynn is some thirty miles from Walsingham, but it was at that time the nearest centre for Mass. With the purchase of the ancient Slipper Chapel, at Houghtonle-Dale, by the late Miss Charlotte Boyd, Catholic property was acquired within a mile or so of Walsingham's priory ruins.
The chapel had been divided and used as cottages; it has since been beautifully restored; and therein, at present, is another shrine of Our Lady, the objective of pilgrims who, from the time of the national pilgrimage led by Cardinal Bourne not many years ago, repair there each year in increasing numbers. The Slipper Chapel is dedicated to St. Catharine of Alexandria, and has the Rev. Bruno Scott-James as Administrator. It was consecrated Iasi September.
(c) Already the Church has made yet a closer foundation, in Walsingham itself. For the past two years Capuchin Franciscan Fathers have been settled in the little town. At Greyfriars, in she Friday Market, they have restored regular Mass, and hostels have been provided for men and women pilgrims.
The crowning happiness of restoration will be seen when Walsingham has once more its Catholic church as well as its priests. Work towards that end is now in progress.