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THE following pages are reproduced from the columns of the High Peak News and the Buxton Advertiser. In newspaper form the notes met with favour, and in issuing them in book form it is hoped they may not be deemed an unwelcome addition to local literature.
To his Contributors the Editor presents his grateful acknowledgment. His best thanks are also due to his friend, Mr. T. B. TROWSDALE, for kindly preparing an Index to the work.
HULL LITERARY CLUB,
The Derbyshire Gatherer
ARCHÆOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL, AND
In the olden time ringers had their regulations ; they were chiefly in rhyme. We believe they date back to the Restoration. From Hathersage, Derbyshire, we have a good example : –
You gentlemen that here do wish to ring,
To pay the forfeit and the clerk a shilling. On account of the strict regulations, numerous persons, doubtless, would be fined ; and, at many churches, the ringers had large jugs to contain the proceeds in beer, bearing curious inscriptions. The