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  • noun Plural form of churchwarden.


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  • From the frequent entries of payments "for a Diall" in churchwardens 'accounts we may judge that there was hardly a church without one, and also that they did not last very long.

    The Book of Sun-Dials

  • Every public-house did its regular trade in clays, known as churchwardens and Broseleys, and by other names either of familiarity or descriptive of the place of manufacture; and on the mantelpiece or table of inn or ale-house stood the tobacco-box.

    The Social History of Smoking

  • In many parishes the churchwardens were the collectors of the parish taxes.

    Civil Government in the United States Considered with Some Reference to Its Origins

  • There were the long clays or "churchwardens," to be smoked in hours of ease and leisure; and the short clays -- "cutties" -- which could be smoked while a man was at work.

    The Social History of Smoking

  • Each member of the party had "churchwardens" kept in a bracket with his name on, and only one glass of whiskey and one pipe of tobacco was indulged in until the evening sitting, when they did not stick at trifles.

    The Shellback's Progress In the Nineteenth Century

  • Government to undertake the payment of the priests and prostitutes of the temples, under the phraseology of "churchwardens" and "the management of the church funds."

    Life of William Carey

  • And by her side there was an odd bubbling, that put her in mind of blowing the soap-suds into a honey-comb when preparing them for bubble blowing; but when she looked round she saw something very unlike the long pipes her brother called "churchwardens," or the basin of soap-suds.

    Little Lucy's Wonderful Globe

  • "churchwardens," which in course of time were again superseded by pipes with short stems.

    Chats on Household Curios

  • a stranger would hardly have taken him to be a clergyman; for he had on an old brown shooting-jacket very much the worse for wear, and was smoking one of those long clay pipes that are called "churchwardens," discoloured by age and the oil of tobacco, and which he had lit and let out and relit again half a dozen times at least during our talk.

    Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea

  • The village church in the next village is made of lead ... .. three crimes later (totalling £30,000+) forced the churchwardens to install some decent security.



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