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Sextons in Widecombe

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A reader has provided the information that when she came to Widecombe in 1959 there was a Sexton there at the time called Oliver Townsend.

Oliver went around wearing a long black coat and lived in the Sexton's Cottage, now the National Trust shop.

Another reader remembers Oliver as someone very Victorian in appearance and attitude. He had a 'handlebar' moustache and was intolerant of the noise made at the fortnightly dance held in the Church House while he was living in the end cottage.

I think there is a photo of Oliver around somewhere, but at the moment it cannot be located. When we find it we will post it here.