Image from page 403 of "Records by Spade and Terrier" (1918)
Title: Records by Spade and Terrier
Authors: Wickham, James Douglas C.*
Publisher: Bath : Gregory
Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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Old Holcombe Church. Interior. See page 376.
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Old Holcombe Church (now disused). See page 376. Chapter XV. POST-REFORMATION RURAL RELIGIOUS LIFE.VILLAGE RELIGION—III. ANEW state of things was ushered in at the Reformation.An old doggerel runs thus :— Hops, reformation, bays and beer,Came into England all in one year. The Reformation, however, was happily associated withsomething better than hops and beer. Whatever may besaid as to its extravagance and abuses, there is no doubt thatit introduced a desirable change, both in regard to doctrineand practice. Anyhow, the deliverance of the Church andRealm from the Papal yoke must be acknowledged to havebeen a happy consummation. With theu freedom from papal supremacy there camealso gradually a deliverance from that rigorous yoke of eccle-siastical discipline which was one of Romes choice weaponsof argument. The laity were allowed to hold their own■opinions without being subjected to penalties in consequence.The discipline under which they had been placed before andunder which the
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