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The Wymeswold Burial Register for 15 July 1888 has the following entry:

    William Guttridge age 84 years. [He was the] much respected Parish Clerk of Wymeswold having succeeded to that office on the death of his father in 1827, and having held it about 50 years. John Wootton held the post from 1844–1853.

William's father, also William, was Parish Clerk for 27 years from 1800. He served four vicars, his son a further five. It is not obvious from the Vestry Minutes that these were actually written by the Parish Clerk but by 1886 the Vestry was paying William ten shillings a year for ringing the early morning bell and winding the clock during the past year. This was in addition to his regular salary that was the income from the small field known as 'The Faulty Acre'.

Originally published in WHO Newsletter 2002.

Copyright Alec Moretti.

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