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 Clerk.Clerkenwell (London) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clerk-ale and Church-ale.
 
Mr. Douce says the word “ale” is used in such composite words as bride-ale, clerk-ale, church-ale, lamb-ale, Midsummer-ale, Scot-ale, Whitsun-ale, etc., for revel or feast, ale being the chief liquor given.   1
        “The multitude call Church-ale Sunday their revelyng day, which day is spent in bulbeatings, bearbeating, … dicying, … and drunkenness.”—W. Kethe (1570).
 


 Clerk.Clerkenwell (London) 

 
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