Who sometimes sings the Ditchling Carol on New Year's Day?
Born in this house in 1825, Peter Parsons played many important roles in Ditchling. He was the village shoemaker and parish Clerk – a role he took over after his father was removed from office for drunkenness. Peter Parsons was also the choirmaster and at one time had nine of his thirteen children singing in the choir. As leader of the Ditchling Glee Club (singers specialising in singing in the round) he became well known, both locally and further afield, for his repertoire of popular and comic songs and anecdotes.
Peter Parsons died on Christmas Eve in 1901 but the Ditchling Carol, for which he wrote the music, lives on and is sometimes sung in the village on Boxing Day by the Ditching Mummers.