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FROM A CORRESPONDENT 14 Sea
There is now a new car park at lonely | Christian forms of baptism and burial were
Morwenstow near the lychgate and the more important to the vicar than the living
old lych-house, where R. S. Hawker
of Christian lives. He was at one time
much “worked up” with a fancy that Tait,
elected Archbishop of Canterbury, had not
been properly baptised ! to the right is the vicarage built by The man's whole character was compact
Hawker, with chimneys in the likeness of contradictions. In July, 1861, he wrote: the
of miniature church towers rising “No! I do not like Hymns. First of all, vinia. ned l among the trees. To the left is a gate 1?.
To the left is n gate 1 I know of none to be compared in value
or in sound doctrine with the very worst
version of David's Psalms. Every Hymn
uniformity—the great object of our Church
and State ! "
Yet in the whole church there cannot
have been a priest less uniform in his prac-
tices and more idiosyncratic than R. S.
Hawker. He is often remembered chiefly
for his 1843 inauguration (or revival ?) of
great sea the Lay, a strong vassal at his master's gate,
harvest festivals, but these services, though heers | And, like a drunken giant, sobb’d in sleep.
| now very widespread and attracting the ided Today Morwenstow church is included
largest country congregations of the year,
are regarded by the stricter kinds of church of | in the itinerary of various coach trips from
people as a rather dubious development,
| a kind of popular “frill ” not known to
the Book of Common Prayer..
Hawker served not only the first or most
northerly of Cornish churches but also
| Welcombe, the last in North Devon. On cient in self-esteem, An eccentric indivi
Sundays he would ride from one to the
other. It is still a lonely land, one dualist, he liked to throw around his weight
suspects little changed except as to road (or rather his opinions) and sometimes in surfaces. later life he stated clearly that he should Once, when he was returning from Wel