Bellringer Scam

This is a short piece from History of Myddle. There is much in this book that amazes me how people got away with this, but then, if they didn’t there wouldn’t be much in the book:

William Tyler…lived more by cheating than by his trade. If any person was brought from Hadnall’s Ease to be burryed att Myddle, this Don John (as soon as the corps was interred) would enquire who payd the ringers; and, as if he were a ringer, would goe to him and hold out his hand, and if he gott the money, would strait go away with it; and if the ringers came to him for it hee wold only say, let Dun alone.. butt would give them not a penny.

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