Eccentric vicar with a love of his parish

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The Rev William Parish was a true Sussex eccentric.

Not only was he Vicar of Selmeston and Alciston for 41 years, but, while caring for his scattered community, he also found time to coach an imposing cricket team and become a fair archaeologist.

He was also the first to transcribe an English version of the Sussex portion of the Domesday Book and in 1875 published the little book that truly put him on the map -A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.

This was a glossary of Sussex words, as recorded by the Rev Parish during his 41 years service to his community.

Take, for instance, the word ‘maxon’, meaning a dunghill, and now extinct.

Rouser takes his hat off to him.