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1905 Excerpt: ...deputy, shall lye in the churchsteeple; and at
eight o'clock every night shall ring the curfewe by the space of a
quarter of an hour, with such bell as of old time hath been
accustomed." I find, however, in " The Merry Devil of Edmonton,"
1608, the sexton says: "Well, "tis nine a'clocke, 'tis time to ring
curfew." Shakespear, in "King Lear," act iii. sc. 4, writes: Edgar:
"This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet: He begins at curfew, and
walks to the first cock." The following is an extract from the
Churchwardens' and Chamberlain's Accounts of Kingston-upon Thames:
"1651. For ringing the curfew bell for one year, 1 10s. OcL"
Bridges, speaking of Byfield Church, tells us: "A bell is rung here
at four in the morning, and at eight in the evening, for whicli the
clerk hath 20s. yearly, paid him by the Rector." Northamptonshire,
i., 110. Hutchins, speaking of Mappouder Church, mentions land
given "to find a man to ring the morning and Curfeu Bell throughout
the year." Also, under Ibberton.is mentioned one acre given for
ringing the eight o'clock bell, and 4 for ringing the morning bell.
Dorsetshire, ii., 267. Macaulay says: "The custom of ringing
Curfew, which is still kept up at Claybrook, has probably obtained
without intermission since the days of the Norman Conqueror." Hist,
of Claybrook, 1791, p. 128. In 1848 the curfew was still rung at
Hastings from Michaelmas till Lady-day, and the same was the case
at Wrexham in North Wales, and elsewhere, till even a later date.
Harrington, Observations on the Statutes, p. 153, tells us that
"Curfew is written Curphour in a Scotish poem written before 1568.
It is observed in the annotations on these poems, that by ...
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