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unknown vicar
Photo: Fred Foster
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Item #: 28672
This pic was lent to me by an acquaintance who found it in a house clearance. The person in the pic is from Wigan, Can anyone identify him for me?

Comment by: GW. on 20th November 2016 at 22:11

Is it just me or does the unknown vicars head belong to someone else? Just saying.

Comment by: Maureen on 20th November 2016 at 22:43

Gw..I thought exactly the same.

Comment by: Albert. on 21st November 2016 at 11:42

He certainly has large hands.

Comment by: Mick on 21st November 2016 at 12:55

The face and hands do seem out of proportion(oversized) to the body, but the photo has not been 'photoshopped' or altered in any other way.
The subject does seem to be leaning forward slightly, so he may be taller than the photo suggests, and this would make his face and hands seem out of proportion.
Rather than a Vicar, could this gentleman be a Roman Catholic Priest?

Comment by: John Brown on 21st November 2016 at 13:05

The edge of the church building looks a little like St Pauls' in Goose Green, if this helps anyone.

Comment by: Albert. on 21st November 2016 at 13:53

The Reverend David will be an authority, on the mode of religious dress, of the differing religions.

Comment by: Vb on 21st November 2016 at 14:23

I very much doubt it is a catholic priest as a cassock would not have a sash around the middle. The buttons are down the centre as well and not to the side as appears in the photograph.

Comment by: TomH on 21st November 2016 at 18:14

VB the sash is a fascia "worn by clerics and seminarians with the cassock in the Roman Catholic Church" (quote)

Comment by: Vb on 21st November 2016 at 22:03

Hi Tom-as far as I know our priest wears a simple black cassock buttoned down the middle without a sash. Just before Mass he puts on the Alb which has a rope tie and then on top of that goes the Chasuble. I have seen Bishops wearing black cassocks with a different coloured sash or fascia though. I will have a word with our priest about this next time I see him. On the other hand perhaps he leaves the sash off when he is just checking everything's in hand before Mass

Comment by: Rev David Long on 21st November 2016 at 22:37

My first thought, looking at his hair, was that it was Bill Bynon - but he was once at St Matthew's Highfield - so I'd have expected Fred to have remembered him.
As for his cassock - it's a sarum cassock, worn with a cincture. That labels him as a High Church Anglican. Later editions would wear cassocks similar to the Roman cassock with 33 buttons down the centre (one for each year of the life of Jesus, according to tradition) - but, as an Anglican (and a protesting Catholic), his cassock would have 39 buttons (one for each of the 39 Articles of the Church of England).

Comment by: Maurice. on 22nd November 2016 at 11:12

If this has not been photoshopped,then the Priest has a big head.

Comment by: Vb on 24th November 2016 at 11:38

Tom is correct about the seminarians wearing a sash with the cassocks- I have seen them myself in Rome on many occasions. Very interesting Reverend re the buttons on the cassocks and what they represent.

Comment by: Garry on 25th November 2016 at 14:41

Superimposed head for me!

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 25th November 2016 at 18:19

Ha ha haah !,...You're really quite fond of the word ' superimposed ' aren't you Garry ?. In fact, The impression I get is that it's probably one of your favourite words...if not you're absolute favourite. ...Am I right ?...Come on you rascal, own up, it is isn't it ? I've heard you come out with it often enough. To be fair though mate, and if I'm being perfectly honest, I can see where you're coming from in this instance. Also, at the risk of appearing to be disrespectful to the poor bloke, ( after all, he had no say in the size of his head,.....,or his hands either for that matter), but for me GW nailed it when he stated that it could actually belong to another person...In fact, it reminds me of one of those faces on sticks that Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer used to come up with on ' Big Night Out '. I do realise also of course, that these comments will probably render me' persona non grata ' on this site, ( Google it Garry ), mais, je m'en tap. ( to coin a phrase ).

Regards. Ozy.

Comment by: Garry on 26th November 2016 at 18:14

That's what I believe Ozy, easy done today with computers.
hope I didn't offend anyone.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 26th November 2016 at 19:31

No worries mate, you certainly didn't offend me. Just having a laugh, surely you must know me by now. No offence intended. All the best pal.

Regards. Ozy.

Comment by: Garry on 27th November 2016 at 10:45

Cheers Ozy.

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