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Smoke Farthings

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An offering given to the priest at Whitsuntide, according to the number of chimneys in his parish.

“The Bishop of Elie hath out of everie parish in Cambridgeshire a certain tribute calledsmokefarthings, which the churchwardens do levie according to the number of chimneys that be in a parish.”—MSS. Baker, xxxix. 326.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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