Spotted on teletext (or whatever its called now )-
Campaigners have raised £1000 to restore the grave of the last known "Sin Eater" Richard Munsllow, who is buried in Rattlinghope, Shropshire.
Apparently sin eater's were usually poor people paid to eat bread & drink beer or wine over a corpse, with the belief that they would take on the sins of the deceased! The practice was frowned upon by the church & died out in the 19th century.
More info at http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryofthewo...R9G8oNpMfVSv6g