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When the vicar and the constable came to blows
11:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
THE murder mysteries on BBC series Father Brown, filmed in Blockley, may be fictional, but a new book revealing the antics of past village clergy shows scandal is nothing new.
A new edition of Blockley through Twelve Centuries – written by local historian HEM Icely in 1974 – has been published by Blockley Heritage Society.
Edited and updated by Heritage Society president Jeremy Bourne, it tells how in 1291 the Catholic Bishop of Worcester siphoned off some of Blockley’s income to pay diocesan officials.
It also tells of a fight in 1642 between vicar George Durant and constable Robert Chapman which resulted in much bloodshed.
Mr Bourne has added a chapter from 1976 to 2012 to bring the book up to date.
Society chairman Robert Willott said: “It’s a very good read. Jeremy is a pillar of the community.”
The book costs £14.99 from the Blockley Village Shop and Café or by from blockley-heritage-soc.co.uk.
The Society’s exhibition Down Memory Lane, showing how Blockley folk lived 50 years ago, is at the Blockley Heritage Centre on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
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