By F. C. Price SEVERAL thousand pilgrims walked a mile in procession last week along a rough moorland track from Grindleford station, Derbyshire, to Padley Chapel where two priests were arrested four centuries ago. The pilgrims, reciting the Rosary and singing hymns, included contingents of schoolchildren from the Nottingham diocese and also from Sheffield.
Dialogue Mass was celebrated on the hillside outside the chapel by Bishop Ellis of Nottingham, in honour of the Venerable Nicholas Garlick and the Venerable Robert Ludlam, the two martyr priests. Canon William O'Leary, of St. Cuthbert's, Manchester, pointed out in his sermon that Padley Chapel, where the two martyrs were arrested on July 12, 1588, was all that remained of the ancient manor house of Padley which had belonged to a staunch Catholic family, the Fitzherberts. He spoke of the sufferings of John Fitzherbert, "the perfect example of a Catholic layman", who died in the Fleet Prison in London where he was sent for harbouring the two martyrs, and said it was gratifying to see so many children present to honour the martyrs because Nicholas Garlick had for several years run a school for Catholic children in the village of Tideswell, near Buxton.
The courage and devotion shown by Robert Ludlam and Nicholas Garlick had helped to fortify another priest, the Venerable Richard Simpson, who was martyred with them on St. Mary's Bridge, Derby, on July 24, 1588.