The tolling of the bell

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Clerk Lively tolled the bell when anyone died in the Parish. On the morning following the death, he would toll it 8 times. On the morning of the actual funeral, he would toll the bell 8 times for one hour, and continue doing this every alternate hour until the funeral. This was for the death of a man. The death of a woman involved a smaller number of tolls, and for a child, a far smaller number.