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Alec Moretti

By chance I noticed that Rev Thomas Green had been the Vicar of Wymeswold for 48 years, 1728 to 1776. Presumably he lived in the village until 1758 when he became the Rector of Walton on the Wolds and went to live there, serving both villages, until his death in 1776. During his time here the Enclosure of Wymeswold was carried out in 1757 to 1759 producing a major change in the appearance and running of the parish lands. He preached an Assize Sermon in 1736 at the request of Leeke Okeover who was High Sheriff of the county as well as being the Lord of the Manor of Wymeswold. In 1737 he was able to purchase about 29 acres in Gadsby, with money mostly from Queen Anne's Bounty, to augment the living of Wymeswold. He published a number of sermons including one to reconcile the population to the "New Style" of calendar in 1752 when the year was changed to start on January 1st.instead of 25th. March. His son was the Woodwardian Professor at Cambridge and an expert on the fossils of Barrow upon Soar.

There cannot be many people who have served Wymeswold for so many years with such significant events occuring during that time.

Originally published in WHO Newsletter 2000.

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