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Offline margmasson

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Bell and Cloth
« on: Monday 11 September 17 23:48 BST (UK) »
Browsing around in the Church Wardens accounts for Wimborne Minster, I noticed several entries for "Bell and Cloth". Can somebody tell me what this means, please?.

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masson:aberdeen
pollock:ayrshire
Scott:Dorset
Weatherley:hertfordshire
Direen Tipparery
Healy Clare

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Re: Bell and Cloth
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 12 September 17 14:20 BST (UK) »
These are funeral items for which the church made a charge. The "cloth" was the black mortcloth, which could be hired from the parish to cover the coffin for the duration of a funeral service.  The "bell" was the church bell which tolled during the funeral.

Google "cloth and bell" or "mortcloth and bell".
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Re: Bell and Cloth
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 13 September 17 05:51 BST (UK) »
Thank you, ShaunJ, for taking the time to answer me. Do you know if the person named is the one who died or the one who paid the bill?

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masson:aberdeen
pollock:ayrshire
Scott:Dorset
Weatherley:hertfordshire
Direen Tipparery
Healy Clare

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Re: Bell and Cloth
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 13 September 17 06:29 BST (UK) »
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Do you know if the person named is the one who died or the one who paid the bill?

That's hard to say without seeing the document in context. Usually it will be noted with the name of the deceased, sometimes with the name of the payer as well.
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Re: Bell and Cloth
« Reply #4 on: Friday 15 September 17 03:53 BST (UK) »
Thank you again, ShaunJ.  I think this is my g g grandmother's older brother George Scott who died 1832, aged about 12 years. I am still trying to find her twin baby brothers who died Sept and October 1836.
                                 Marg
masson:aberdeen
pollock:ayrshire
Scott:Dorset
Weatherley:hertfordshire
Direen Tipparery
Healy Clare