Town Sergeant - Present Day
Today there is one Town Sergeant who looks after the Council and Guildhall and officiates during traditional ceremonies carrying the 'Hog Mace'.
Centuries ago there were more Sergeants & other Wardens whose duties are now defunct or have been replaced by today's Councillors and Council Officers.
In the past the Sexton of St. Peter's task was to ring the Curfew Bell at 8pm and 4am.
The Curfew Bell is still rung from St. Peter's Church every night at 8 pm. This used to be called the Pigbell as it signalled the time that the animals could be put on to the street and that people should put out their fires. There used to be a bell called the Goosebell rung at 4 or 5 am but this was discontinued at some time in this century because people no longer wished to wake up so early!.
St Peter's church
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