- Village Life
Sir Robert Dallington on his death in 1636 left a sum of money for the benefit of 24aged inhabitants of Geddington. Although considered to be Members of the “poor” it was, and still is, considered to be a symbol of respectability to number among the 24 that receive a loaf of bread each week.
The original conditions for receiving would be considered draconian by today’s standards, but it was to encourage respectability and lawful behaviour at a time when “enclosure” was causing considerable unrest. Indeed Maurice Tresham, member of one of the largest land owning families in the area, was one of the original Overseers of the charity.
What follows is one such condition:
“If any of these Twenty Four, or any of their families do break or carry away any Hedges. Stiles, Corn or such like, they shall receive no bread the Four next Sundays afterwards. Whoever is the Discoverer thereof, shall have their Bread to dispose of where he will”.
See aside for the full set of conditions.
The charity purchased land in Loddington and the income has allowed the continued bread distribution together with a small monetary donation at Easter and Christmas. Twenty four Geddington inhabitants benefit to this day. It has been calculated that in excess of 450,000 loaves have been provided in the time that the charity has been running
More information from: Mr Paul Richardson
Dallington Bell – The biggest bell in the Church Tower is inscribed “Sir Robert Dallington gave me to Geddington Aged 69, 1630” and he is thought to be buried in the Church Yard. The inscription is just visible in the photo above.