NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
31st March, 1932 : Frequent visits to London by a Norfolk clergyman and his association with teenage girls, brought him before a Consistory Court today. The Reverend Harold Francis Davidson, rector of Stiffkey, faces defrocking if the charges against him are proved. The prosecution alleged that Mr Davidson, aged 60, spent Sundays in his parish and weekdays in a rented bed-sitter in Shepherd’s Bush. Waitresses in Lyons and ABC teashops had complained of his pestering them and a model told the court he had set her up in lodgings. Two girls complained that Davidson had taken them to the rectory to work as servants – but left them destitute, forced to sleep in fields.