The restored grave of the last known “sin-eater” in England has been at the centre of a special service in a Shropshire village churchyard.
Campaigners raised Â£1,000 to restore the grave of Richard Munslow, who was buried in Ratlinghope in 1906.
Sin-eaters were generally poor people paid to eat bread and drink beer or wine over a corpse, in the belief they would take on the sins of the deceased.
Frowned upon by the church, the custom mainly died out in the 19th Century.
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