Shrawley Local Customs
Living next to the church and the churchyard I have become much more aware of local customs to do with death and the deceased.
The first that I became aware of, which I have not experienced before, is that on the eve of a burial in the churchyard the deceased's body is brought to the church in the late afternoon of the previous day and lies in repose in the chancel overnight and the following morning until the funeral service, often at noon.
Another custom is that if the deceased was a well-known figure in the community the bells are rung before the funeral service and a full quarter peal is rung about 5pm for about an hour.
A third custom I have noticed is that at Christmas time many relatives place wreaths on, or decorate, the graves of their loved ones.Related to:
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