In the early 16th century. Nicholas Brome was the owner of Baddersley Clinton House near Solihull in Warwickshire. One day he returned home and found the local priest in the parlour with Brome’s wife and they were in ‘close contact’ with each other. Brome was so incensed that he killed the priest by stabbing him with his knife. Brome was pardoned by the King and also by the Pope, but was required to do penance for his crime which entailed good work in his community. Indeed he re-built the tower of Baddersley Clinton church and this is recorded by an inscription on the inside wall of the tower. His final penance when he died was to be buried, just inside the south entrance to the church, standing up, which meant that people walked on his head.
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Photo taken in Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire, UK