Literacy and the Poor

This is from Highways and Byways of Oxford and the Cotswolds, relating to the village of Hanwell:

“[the Puritan divine] John Dod, Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge… held the living in Hanwell from 1580 to 1604, and according to the unimpeachable testimony of Fuller, was ‘by nature a witty, by industry a learned, by grace a godly divine.’ Time was when ‘the worthy sayings of old Mr Dod’ were the oracle of the country folk, and were long to be seen pasted upon the walls of their cottages: ”

This seems to suggest a high level of literacy amongst the poor of the area. Or maybe they just liked the look of the letters.

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