Sedgefield, where the parson was allegedly pickled (or perhaps salted) is just up the road from my home. It's in County Durham, one of England's lesser-known but rather fascinating counties. Among its many attractions is Barnard Castle, a tucked-away place with a huge museum built in the style of a French chateau, and containing an amazing automaton, great works of art, and more fancy frocks than you can shake a stick at.
But I digress, again...
Re: pickling parsons, it's perfectly possible that someone would preserve a dead body in the way described. But I can't help wondering if even an 18th century physician would be fooled. Perhaps the story was concocted after it became known that Nelson's body was preserved in brandy after his death at Trafalgar?
Still, it's a cracking story.
|No obvious signs of parson pickling. But you never know...|