In the previous post on the subject, you remember perhaps Grandpa mentioning "popery"as a possible reason for intolerance towards Catholics in a predominently Anglican society... well, perhaps indeed what strikes one when remembering our grandparents' religious practice is the place taken by the Church (capital C), and even by churches. Have a look at this letter received from Auntie Olive:
The "churchy" bit is the one starting at the bottom of the first side and running till she announces she's going to proceed to correct some of my mistakes, a thing I had asked her to do. So she was responsible, together with Auntie Maude, for the upkeep of this place of pilgrimage in Cardigan, Wales. I went on the web to find the reference and apparently it's quite an important shrine, check here. And here is a nicely done timeline with no less than four references to the names Hughes. I wonder if this could be an indication as to why our great-aunts were involved there? One site writes about the pilgrimage: "The church was a twelfth century Benedictine foundation, and the present nave dates from the fourteenth century. St Mary's Priory church found fame as a site of pilgrimage in the thirteenth century, as the shrine of Our Lady of the Taper. This tradition was broken at the Reformation, but the shrine was re-established in the town by the Roman Catholic Church." You can have a look at pictures of a service here, and below is a picture of the old building (there is new pilgrimage centre now):
So now we can picture the two Aunties in their Cardigan priory! But as to the reason why they regularly had to go there, I don't know. Perhaps one of the Hughes girls remembers? It is probable that, the place being a recently revamped place of pilgrimage, it needed attendance all year long, and that when the vicar would leave for some deserved holidays, the parish would call upon some good Catholic souls to tend the flock of pilgrims! Still, why would the Aunties have chosen Cardigan? I have half an idea that it could be connected with the shrine of Mary: very catholic people often have a weak spot for Mary And also the renewal of Catholic interest to this ancient place of worship was closely followed b the Catholic Evidence guild's Newsletter The Tablet!
I'll finish this double instalment by a scanned letter from Grandma, dated 1981, in which she expatiates about many subjects, but where you will certainly recognize her very religious way of looking at things. Naturally she knew I was myself open to this type of approach, but certainly she seizes the opportunity to voice remarks and beliefs which were of great importance to her:
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