Sin Eater's Grave Ratlinghope Shropshire

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Sin Eater's Grave Ratlinghope Shropshire

It is the grave of the last known Sin-Eater in England, a practice peculiar to the England/Welsh marches. Richard Munslow appear to have taken on the job after losing 3 of his children in a Whooping Cough outbreak. Sin Eaters were paid a small amount to eat bread and drink ale accross the body of someone who died suddenly, taking on their sins so they arrive before God in a clean and pure state.
This object can be found in Ratlinghope Churchyard, near Church Stretton on the Long Mynd, Shropshire, which is in the Diocese of Hereford.

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  • 1. At 15:10 on 23 May 2010, Roy Waite - Ripon wrote:

    There is a record of a Sin Eater at Sharow, near Ripon in the late 19th century. Remembered by the novelist Naomi Jacob in one of her autobiographical books 'Me Again'

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  • 2. At 20:05 on 19 September 2010, Jane wrote:

    There were Sin-Eaters in Yorkshire

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