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St Werburgh's

Seen on the rear wall of St Werburgh’s, Dublin. The church was built to the design of Thomas Burgh around 1715 but extensively refurbished after a fire less than forty years later. As can be seen, this elegantly composed notice dates from June 1728 and carries a full list of charges for the services on offer, along with their respective fees. Note how non-parishioners were charged considerably more, so for example muffled bells cost a parishioner £1 and a shilling while a ‘foreigner’ had to pay an additional six shillings. And for the former burial within the church’s vault was almost half the price it was for the latter. Conclusion: one way or another in the 18th century you paid your dues at St Werburgh’s.
More on St Werburgh’s in the coming weeks.

9 comments on “Terms and Conditions May Apply

  1. Tomom Gowans says:

    A tradition continued to this day in every British Embassy. They’ll be charging us an entrance fee before long.

  2. Lawrie Weed says:


  3. Tom says:

    A tradition carried on to this day in every British Embassy worldwide. Pretty soon, they’ll be charging us just to get in.

  4. Lawrie Weed says:

    What does MUFFLED or is it Mussiled mean – third column in bold black ?

  5. Being too loud is entirely alien to all our (hushed) natures…

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