Curate's work has been respected and repeated; but he paid little attention to the history of Otter bourne, and a good deal has been since disclosed, rendering that Village interesting. Moreover, the entire careers of John Keble and Sir William Heathcote needed to be recorded in their relations to the parish and county. This has, therefore, here been attempted, together with a record of the building of the three churches erected since 1837, and a history of the changes that have taken place though the writer is aware that there is no incident to tempt the reader - no siege of the one castle, no battle more important than the combat in the hay field between Mr. Coram and the penurious steward, and, till the last generation, no striking character. But the record of a thousand peaceful years is truly a cause of thankfulness, shared as it is by many thousand Villages, and we believe that a little investigation would bring to light, in count less other places, much that is well worth remem brance.
For the benefit of those who take an interest in provincial dialect, some specimens are appended, which come from personal knowledge.
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