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1986 THE ODDINGLEY MURDERS.

   In 1809 George Parker was instituted
 as rector of Oddingley. At this time  
 tithes were collected by the church,  
 which was usually one tenth of the    
 produce.When paid in money it was £135
 yearly.George Parker increased this to
 £150.There was an outcry and on the   
 24th June 1806,the rector was shot    
 dead while he was in the fields.The   
 murderer was seen to flee into Trench 
 Woods.Twenty_Four years later a barn  
 at Netherwood Farm was being          
 dismantled and a skeleton was         
 identified as Richard Hemming. Three  
 local men, Clewes,Banks and Barnett   
 were arrested. It turned out that     
 Richard Hemming,who was hired by      
 Captain Samuel Evans killed the       
 rector,but Hemming was murdered by    
 Evans.As they were both dead when the 
 skeleton was discovered no one could  
 be brought to trial for the crime.    
 

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