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The Racing Monks of St. Mellons by John F. Wake

The Racing Monks of St. Mellons by John F. Wake

Back when the Lummery Hall was still a monastery, the monks organised a race on St. Melo’s (Melaine) day – 22nd October.

The race was from the hall to the St Mellons Church, and to the winner of the race went given a ‘Sanctus Bell’ from the monastery, which he immediately gave straight back to be ready for the following years race.

The clapper on the bell was blue, therefore it was known as the ‘blue bell’, a name that would live on in St. Mellons through the naming of the local inn.

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