An extract from ‘Jottings’ by EHL Reeve written in 1881 and now available in a booklet entitled ‘After Dinner Anecdotes’.
Revd. Thos. Smith [Rector] of Stondon [1735 – 1781] on one occasion was rolling the gravel in front of his house with his gardener, when suddenly the Church Bells began to ring. “Why!”, said the Rector, “what are they thinking of now?” “Well that’s a good ‘un”, replied the man, “I think you ought to know”. (It was Sunday – Ed.)