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Near to here is a very small village called Cowfold. In earlier times you had to take a piece of ash into school on Ash Wednesday. It was deemed necessary for everyone to dip the white end of their broken branch into black ink to stop the devil from getting in and out. Religious practice and folkloric superstition were run alongside each other for many generations. By keeping a foot in each camp it meant you had hopefully covered all bases.