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Charlie the Shoeblack.

Charlie Shoeblack

Charlie the Shoeblack (Edwin Ferris) wandered around the Forest earning 'a crust' by cleaning shoes. He was buried in Parkend churchyard around 1946.

Sheila Bevan wrote (June 2012): "... Charlie the Shoeblack was of no fixed abode.He made a little money by advertising Cherry Blossom Boot Polish. He died in the early 1940s at 6pm at Turnout farm Whitecroft. Charlie Phipps was with him at the time. A collection was made to pay for the funeral organised by brothers Albert and Charlie Phipps at the Whitecroft Pin Factory. He was buried in the lower Parkend churchyard on the right hand side under a hedge near the entrance. He had a wealthy sister living in Exeter who wanted him to move there, but he the preferred the outdoor life. This information came from a newspaper cutting supplied by Peggy and Robert Watkins".

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