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Legend of the 'Pickled Parson' used to promote historic parish

by Paul Wilkinson

Posted: 19 May 2017 @ 12:04

THE legend of a Pickled Parson has been enlisted to boost visitor num­bers at a historic church in north-east England.

The story of the Rector of St Edmund’s, Sedgefield, in County Durham, is that when he died unexpectedly, his wife preserved his body in salt to convince tenant farmers that he was still alive, so that she could receive the annual tithes that funded his living. The priest, denied an immediate burial, haunted the rectory until a fire gutted the building years ...

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