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GEORGE WILLIAM BRETT (Contd)

Stoking the Boilers As   well   as   running   his   business,   George   became   the   Church   Verger   in   1910   and   Churchwarden   in   1916.      Church   lighting   was   by   candles   then which   George   had   to   light   before   services.      He   was   often   in   the   Church   until   midnight   setting   up   for   Sundays.      In   the   winter   he   went   to   the Church to stoke the boilers at 10 o’clock every night until oil heating was installed in 1957. Sheep   used   to   be   grazed   in   churchyards   and   were   prevented   from   trampling   on   graves   by   sheepboards,   long   boards   put   across   the   graves and   supported   on   posts   at   both   ends.      Names   and   dates   were   inscribed   on   the   boards.      By   the   time   George   became   Verger   most   of   the sheepboards   had   been   removed   but   he   did   remember   removing   some   in   his   early   days   as   Verger.      Some   sheepboards   were   replaced   by gravestones but apparently only those belonging to the ‘quality’ - ‘commoner’ graves were levelled.
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