I went round to the vestry and was delighted to see the sexton .
Marriage, however, could be tough: a parson visiting Ellerburn encountered the clerk and the sexton watching a husband and wife fight.
As Reverend Dimmesdale leaves his pulpit, the sexton meets him, holding out one of Dimmesdale's black gloves, which was found on the scaffold that morning.
Those were the days of six o'clock closing when the screech of the huge iron cemetery gates could be heard regularly at 6.15 p.m. as they were slammed shut by the sexton on his way home from the pub.
Godparents would bring gifts for the child, and, in the past, for the mother and the church sexton , who would ring the church bells to mark the occasion.
The sexton had the task of digging the grave in the churchyard.
Paul Revere tells Johnny to tell Robert Newman, the sexton at Christ's Church, to hang two lanterns.
Although many of Doyle's paintings depict the comical and amusing characters of his environment, it should be noted that Doyle was an intensely religious person who attended church regularly and served as the sexton of his church.
Joe Bleddon, the church sexton , pulled his kitchen door open and stepped outside to see what the weather was doing.
The silence was often broken by the sexton coming to check the heating, or just popping in for a gossip, always accompanied by Lassie - the result of a moment's acrobatic limbo-passion between a local sheepdog and a Jack Russell.