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 Wat’s Dyke (Flintshire).Watch on Board Ship. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Watch Night.
December 31st, to see the Old Year out and the New Year in by a religious service. John Wesley grafted it on the religious system, but it has been followed by most Christian communities.   1
        “Southey in his biography of the evangelist (Wesley) denounces watch-night as another of Wesley’s objectionable institutions.”—Nottingham Guardian, January 1, 1895, p. 5.

 Wat’s Dyke (Flintshire).Watch on Board Ship. 

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