- archaic spellings of beadle (def. 4)
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He defied the bedel who was sent to arrest him when he refused to go.Oxford and its Story
The office of bedel was, of course, not confined to the Universities.The Customs of Old England
F. J. Snell
Each receives a copy of the New Testament from the Bedel, on which to take his oath.The Oxford Degree Ceremony
For bedel or bedell is an obsolete form of beadle retained in the ancient corporations of Oxford and Cambridge.
Thus a guild order in 1389 runs: the alderman ssal sende forthe the bedel to alle the bretheren and the systeren.