An obituary of Ernest Page, who died on 30th June, 1966.
Thought to be from a North London newspaper.
HIS HOMELESS FRIENDS AT
FUNERAL OF ASTROLOGER
Several homeless friends were at the funeral of astrologer and poet, Mr Ernest Britten Page, a member of a well known Hornsey family, who died at the end of June.
After the funeral they were invited for tea by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Page, at their home in Clifton Road, Crouch End.
Mr. Page, who was a striking figure with long white hair and beard, had been homeless since 1956, when he felt that living between four walls had become too much of a burden.
Also at the funeral service, in Nodes’ Chapel, Crouch End, and Golders Green Crematorium, which was conducted by Mr Page’s brother, the Rev. Arthur Page, of St John’s Roman Catholic Church, Islington, were Preb. D. W. C. Mossman, vicar, and the Rev. H. Lacy, curate of Christ Church, Crouch End, where Mr. Page’s parents are prominent members, and the Rev. D. Black, minister of Ferme Park Baptist Church. His sister, Miss Ruth Page, who went from Ferme Park Church to be a missionary in the Congo, returned from there on leave two days before the funeral, and was present with his other sister, Mary.
Mr Page was born 52 years ago in Hillfield Avenue, Hornsey. He attended St Mary’s Church of England School, Hornsey, and Tollington School, Muswell Hill.
He was a member for several years of Ferme Park Baptist Church and became, in his late teens, a lay preacher at Campsbourne Mission, Hornsey.
During the 1930s he took an active interest in politics, and was a speaker and demonstrator.
He was a life-long pacifist, and during the war was a conscientious objector, working as a hospital orderly at the Star and Garter Home for Disabled Soldiers at Richmond, where he made many friends.
At this time, while he was living on Highgate West Hill, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church at Farm Street Jesuit Church, Westminster.
This was the period when he wrote most of his poetry – some of which was published in a volume, 14 poems – and gave weekly poetry readings.
He had also written and set to music several Christmas carols.
In 1956, with what his family regard as typical suddenness, he walked out of church during Mass. He never, however, abandoned his faith, and his brother said of him at the funeral service, ‘I preach the gospel – but Ernest practises it.’
Despite the efforts of family and friends, he felt it was a burden to live between four walls, and for the last ten years of his life was homeless, though returning regularly to stay with his parents in Crouch End.
His interest in astrology began in 1956, and he became a well known figure in the British Museum, where he studied in the day. In the evenings he received his clients in restaurants in the West End. He shunned publicity for his work, but in this summer’s edition of the “Musical Express” gave predictions for the future of several pop stars.
He took a great interest in the homeless or those in trouble, and spent all his money helping them and visiting men and boys in prisons and Borstals all over the country.
He died in Hyde Park, sitting on a bench writing a letter.