chapter  12
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Church and Chapel

This traditional prestige of, and loyalty to, the local institution has encouraged rather sweeping generalisations as to the cohesion given by the Church to the village community. Against this can be set the frequent antagonisms between squire and parson, Church and Chapel which, in the past, gave rise to bitter feuds and divided villagers into rival camps. Cleavages exist today but because fewer attend Church services regularly less regard is paid to them.